Posted by RyanC
I agree with this statement if you are saying compete in MMA, but I've been told by instructors, and other members at my gym that it is not unreasonable for me to try to compete in BJJ at some point in the future. There are plenty of older guys at the school I go to.
Competing in MMA would be a tough one unless you are a terrific athlete, and a fast study. Too risky otherwise. You could really get your clock cleaned.
Yes, BJJ is a whole other ball game. Besides beginners being older, competition starts early.
I agree, in MMA competition, you would likely be up against guys that have some solid base skill and have been doing MMA for at least a few years.
One thing that I didn't add to my original post, which was written in haste, was also the process of learning "MMA" compared to a single skill.
1) A sizable number (but not all) MMA gyms do not always have the best teachers for every thing they teach. For example, Toronto BJJ is technically an MMA school. Their level of BJJ instruction is very high, but their muay thai instruction (last I heard) is not as good as you would get at a muay thai school. Therefore you may not get the best instruction in all aspects of MMA. This may not be an issue for someone that has a strong base, particularly in weakly instructed aspects.
2) Despite that some people have vehemently argued this point with me, I strongly believe (or rather and convinced) that there are some fundamental differences in body mechanics between stand up and grappling. Learning BJJ, wrestling and striking all at once, with no prior background in training, could be frustrating and possibly even detrimental (i.e. you become mediocre at all three) to your training.