38 y/o starting bjj- choices in OC

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  1. SanDiegoDan Orange Belt

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    It looks like my 3 local choices in south Orange County are:

    Gracie Barra
    Royce Gracie jiu-jitsu USBA
    Carlson Gracie jiu-jitsu club

    As an old beginner, any reason why one of these would be preferable to another? How do I choose?

    Thanks guys
     
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  2. bowened face kick

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    Have you visited them yet? Take them for a test drive and see what YOU think.
     
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  3. IndyCovaHart How is red belt higher than BLACK???

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    I hope you've got good insurance, Gramps!

    Because your odds of getting hurt at that age as a beginner are HIGH!
     
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  4. SanDiegoDan Orange Belt

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    Lol....thanks. That's kinda why I need to find the one with a wide range of ages not the one filled with 20 year old ultra aggressive UFC bound dudes going full throttle
     
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  5. IndyCovaHart How is red belt higher than BLACK???

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    Start a flexibility routine now because it's unbelievably easy to hyperextend something while rolling.
     
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  6. lts5025 "What the **** is a Dim Mack?"

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    That Royce school looks incredibly McDojo-ish, but it might be exactly what a middle-aged beginner needs.
     
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  7. SanDiegoDan Orange Belt

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    Do you think Gracie Barra is too hardcore?
     
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  8. lts5025 "What the **** is a Dim Mack?"

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    Maybe, maybe not. Gracie Barra tends to be all over the place in terms of instructors and students. I would definitely check it out though.
     
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  9. nefti Black Belt

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    In Orange County, or cali. You can't go wrong with a GB school. All great instructors, great mix of causal and competitive trainers. Also if u train in 1 gb you can train in any gb, allowing you to be able to train after work, meetings, etc.
     
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  10. sb413197 Red Belt

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    I'm 38 (purple belt) - I'm a lot more brittle than I was when I started sad to say. It takes you a lot longer to heal too. Tap early and often and keep yourself healthy, tell your training partners when something hurts so that they can avoid it, avoid ego like the plague because that will get you hurt. You have advantages as an older guy though - old man strength is real and you may find your grip to be stronger than younger guys - use strong grips to slow down their game.
     
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  11. SanDiegoDan Orange Belt

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    Awesome thanks
     
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  12. SanDiegoDan Orange Belt

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    Thank you...really good tips.
     
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  13. Robocok Green Belt

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    UFC gym Lake Forest has a solid bjj program under coach Earl. There's a good mix of beginner to advanced. Rates are probably much more reasonable than GB.
     
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  14. Was at Pride GP 2000 Brown Belt

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    What are your goals. Self defense, get in shape, tournaments? Any background in grappling or other martial arts?
     
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  15. SanDiegoDan Orange Belt

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    Well I'm in pretty good shape already so my goals are really to have a hobby that's physically and mentally challenging.. I wrestled all through high school and miss having a physical outlet like that. The gym just gets so boring. Learning self defense would be a huge plus too...
     
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  16. Armchair Ninja Orange Belt

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    If you're too old I'm a dead man. 45 just started. Figured if not now then maybe never.
     
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  17. Bigboot White Belt

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    What Carlson school are you looking at? Also like GB if you train at Carlson you can visit other Carlson schools.
     
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  18. TheMood Blue Belt

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    You really need to try to take the classes at each school you are considering. They all should offer some form of trial class/period without any commitment from you as a beginner. Each school will be different and it will be up to you to find a place you are comfortable with. Just remember you are a customer and you want to try the product. You wouldn't buy a car without test driving it.
     
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  19. Chazz Reinhold Orange Belt

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    I started at 44 been 2 yrs now and im hooked. I have limitations on my body due to old sports injuries so find yours and learn ways around them.

    most places offer free trial classes. I would try them all and see which one is the most comfortable for you.
    have a good journey.
     
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  20. Gandhi Birdie num nums

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    Ha I'm 46 and started GI last week (although did some no gi like a decade ago when I was doing mma). Good advice on talk it slow, it's what I am trying to do.
     
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