Saturday, September 18, 2010

Old Age and Martial Arts: Age and treachery will triumph over youth and skill

Kung Fu, TKD, and Karate never really sparked my interest, but this pic is  still funny (from
"Never act incautiously when confronted by a little bald wrinkly smiling man!"
— Rule One, according to Lu-Tze, from Terry Pratchett's Discworld
"Age and treachery will triumph over youth and skill."
— Fencer's Adage
"Boot to the head."
— Old Master, The Frantics' Tae Kwon Leep

Links to Mitsuyo Maeda and BJJ History

Links about the history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  This post is updated as I come across new information.

Review of book, Carlos Gracie: The Creator of a Dynasty, published in Brazil.

Helio Gracie Interviewed by Nishi Yoshinori

BJJ History by Slideyfoot

BJJ History searched in Google Books

Mitsuyo Maeda (Count Koma) Biography from

Mitsuyo Maeda from

Mitsuyo Maeda from

Professor Yamashita Goes to Washington

Old School Ju Jitsu articles, press, etc. from

Edwardian Jujitsu

Health & Vim

Helio Gracie

Jiu Jitsu for Kids Video Amusing

Jiu Jitsu for Kids is Professor Carlos Rollyson (7th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) in a cartoon with sparing teddy bears and teaching the ippon seoi nage to an alien. The move is shown in 4 angles and is actually sort of technical, you could say. At first, you are not sure what you are watching: a SNL-like parody skit about BJJ or a genuine kids cartoon.   Its amusing...for a few minutes.  Very creative and well done. 


Are you a fat, out-of-shape, couch potato?  Good.  Stay that way.  Or... Take up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and replace that description with "In pain, writhing, moaning on the couch."

This is a blog/compilation of BJJ information and experiences of a 43 year old attempting to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a great sport.  It is also very difficult for those suffering from the post-tonal swelling of midlife.