In this third part of our look at BJJ for the over 50s, we look at two key questions. What do instructors need to know and what do younger training partners need to know? What instructors should know Some answers to this question were, perhaps, to be expected and referred to physical limitations. A couple of people mentioned their hearing and asked instructors to speak clearly. A few respondents said that older people learn a little more slowly and that instructors should be patient. Some also mentioned the physical inability to keep up with much younger students. A small number said that care by instructors in allocation of sparring partners is important. If someone over 50 does not have the same level of performance as a 21 year it might not be due to laziness. DSD About two thirds spoke about having less flexibility and that injuries take longer to heal. They ask that instructors allow for this and allocate sparring partners with care. Allow the older student to work at their own pace. Be careful who you pair them up with. Don't expect them to keep up with athletes in their 20s. A decent instructor is constantly checking everyone's progress and reactions to training and makes adjustments accordingly. Andrew There were a few comments about instructors’ attitudes. Yep. We've lived a life, worked, raised families, fought in wars, made mistakes. Please don't talk to us like we're children if we don't get stuff first time we get shown it. Andy Harris Look after them and understand their limitations and health issues, teach the correct Jiu jitsu that is not based on athleticism and time limits. G Recognise older students far more likely to have other obligations in life, such as family, kids, multiple businesses. As such, less time in life to devote to BJJ. Does not mean we don't love BJJ, but cannot train 6 days a week like younger training partners. Frankie V A decent instructor is constantly checking everyone's progress and reactions to training and makes adjustments accordingly. Andrew There were a few people who felt that instructors didn’t need to know anything in particular about teaching over 50s. What younger team mates should know There were several comments about respect and about not going too hard when rolling – the older grappler has nothing to prove. Some said not to worry about going too hard but to be careful when applying submissions as older people heal more slowly. Apply submissions more gradually. You don't get older without getting wiser. Don't take the ****, you may want to date our daughters. Andy Harris. Go for it, I'm here because I want to do it, but I don't want war every round and neither should you! John A Murray Someone over 50 has already beaten the odds simply by turning up. Dial down the macho competitiveness and just enjoy training with each other. Over 50s have already won that day simply by turning up… Robert There was some direct advice for the younger training partner… If you purposely try to humiliate or injure me I will mess you up. Gramps Beware sneaky...it beats speed every time! DSD And finally… They are lucky, we didn't have BJJ when we were their age. Be grateful. Age is a terrible thing that catches up with you quicker than you think. Do it all now. Us over 50s are awesome and they will realise it one day, but not until they are over 50. BJJ Biker Hopefully, this short blog series has been useful. I hope it has also been an encouragement to some oldies who now know they're not on their own - there are plenty of us out there! A big “Thank you!” to those who completed the survey and apologies if I didn’t directly quote you.