So i was thinking about the black and brown belts at my school. they are all 35 or older. made me start wondering, what is it about bjj that makes you get better even though youre getting older? Im 30 and I just started bjj last fall. i got my blue belt in february. im hoping to continue rolling and competing for 30 years. i have been wrestling all my life. i would say i had a "black belt" knowledge of wrestling techniques when i was 23 or so. but i didnt continue to get better, i peaked at about 21, and could tell my skill was declining. there is a marked difference in my wrestling ability today as opposed to 10 years ago, even though i know more. maybe its because i lost some speed or aggression after that. so even though i have more knowledge i would get my ass handed to me by a decent college wrestler, maybe even a really strong HS wrestler. but in bjj it seems like you can continually get better, up to a point. there a several 40 and 50 somethings at my school that can still whoop ass. a 50 year old wrestler would get killed. granted these guys arent out there competing against other brown and black belts, but they whoop ass on blue belts. in wrestling, i would take an athletic 20 year old with 3 years wrestling over a 50 year old with 40 years experience. in bjj, it wouldnt be close, ill take the old guy. what is it about bjj that makes old guys last longer? do you agree knowledge peaks after 7 or 8 years in wrestling, then there just isnt much else to learn?