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  1. CHStyles

    CHStyles Banned Banned

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    Hey I'm thinking of starting BJJ at Matt Santos BJJ here in Rhode Island. Is 16 a good age to start? And does anyone know if that is a good school?
     
  2. Half Amazing

    Half Amazing Blue Belt

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    16 is a great age to start, most people start at much older. I started at 19.
     
  3. joe90210

    joe90210 Blue Belt

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    start as early as you can
     
  4. keynote

    keynote Purple Belt

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    Yesterday was a good day to start!
     
  5. InvertedBJJ

    InvertedBJJ Green Belt

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    I started at 19 yr old.

    I look at all the little guys in the kids class and wish I started at 5 yrs old haha.
     
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    jasond Purple Belt

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    I didn't start until I was 31. I wish I knew about jiu-jitsu back when I was 16. Hope the gym in RI works out for you.
     
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    Wrestleben Brown Belt

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    Started at 31. You are never too young or old to start.
     
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    Jagcorps_esq Red Belt

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    bjornvil Blue Belt

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    26, planning on doing it for the rest of my life! :icon_chee
     
  10. sgtlunajuice

    sgtlunajuice Green Belt

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    28. and i wish it was sooner.

    after my very first comp (went 2-1 in nogi, 1-1 in gi) my mother asked, "do you think you would have done better if you started earlier?". well, yeah!

    but better late than never
     
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    Red Harvest Orange Belt

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    I started on my 16th birthday. It was my gift from my Dad.
     
  13. 879lexus

    879lexus Blue Belt

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    At 33, my wife was bothering me about getting into shape since we have 2 kids. I hated going to the gym and running on the treadmill, lifting weights...Soooooooooooo boring........ I picked BJJ because it was right around the corner from my house. But now, I realize it's the best move I made in my life. I will be joining my 2 kids when they get of age for sure !
     
  14. countlphie

    countlphie Blue Belt

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    i got interested in MMA when I was 21. during that time, i lived 10 minutes away from rey diogo's school but didn't know who he was, and was too lazy to make the trip to his school and take his classes. at 22 i moved, and signed up at a new gym and only took classes sporadically. i didn't start taking classes seriously until i was 24 and had started working.

    i kick myself everyday for not having gone to rey's school when i had the chance, and not having gone to class consistently while i was in college and had more free time.

    start right away. once you fall in love with the art, you will immediately feel regret at not having started sooner, like others here have expressed.
     
  15. FunkyRMe

    FunkyRMe White Belt

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    18, now I'm 19 and I'm loving it! The only thing I can recommend doing instead is wrestling while you're still in high school. It's free and there's no better way to learn takedowns and gets you used to grappling competition. Obviously it's best to do both if you can but if your school has a decent wrestling program I do that while you can and do BJJ off season or on weekends during the season. They mesh well and every BJJ guy I know wishes they would have wrestled in high school.

    Idk if anybody else shares my sentiments.
     
  16. bora y

    bora y Purple Belt

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    i started a month before i turned 15.
    my only regret is that i wasnt serious enough for the first year.
    that said, it was and is still mostly about the fun.
     
  17. HotViolence

    HotViolence White Belt

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    I started a month before I turned 21, I tried a little muay thai and some krav maga but my cousin pestered me into trying bjj out and it stuck really, really fast. Just like many others, I wish i started much earlier and am trying to catch up for time lost.
     
  18. futang17

    futang17 Green Belt

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    man i started when i was 26...wished i had done it at 18 or 19, but you know what? MY KIDS will start when they're 9 ;)
     
  19. Sloth

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    23, wish I started younger
     
  20. max13

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    Started at 19 and I'm 20 now. To answer your original question you are never to young to start.

    I'm with you on the whole wishing you would have wrestled, that is my single biggest regret of highschool...
     

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