Been a while since I posted here. Been doing BJJ for 5 months now, LOVE IT. Never have done something so challenging. For those of you not familiar, BJJ it a grappling martial art which allows a smaller weaker opponent the opportunity to submit or grapple a person to exhaustion. Any of you watch MMA, its the on the ground stuff you see, sans the punching. If you who have done HS wrestling it's a little similar. A typical workout is 1 hour and 15 minutes, the first 15 minute is calisthenics, and stretching to get your muscles warmed up and your heart pumping, 10 minutes of line drills which consist of doing crab walks, reverse crab walks, etc. Then 25 minutes of drills where you work on three different things each session such as chokes, submissions, escapes, strikes, etc. Then the fun part..ROLLING, aka sparring, where you practice a real grappling session with a partner usually of a higher rank. It's 25 minutes of pure hell, gets your heart rate at 90 of max and uses every muscle from your shoulders, back, legs, chest till they are screaming, you leave every session absolutely drenched. I was in decent shape but when I started I could only roll for 5 minutes before getting winded. I am down to 168lbs form an all-time high of 198 before my divorce. I am 45 and can do more than most 25 year olds. Oh and its fun to, not tedious and boring. You will learn how to handle yourself in any street fight and even against other martial artists in other styles. Most arts like Tae Kwon Do and Tang So Do are useless once you get someone to the ground. You Tube it and you will see BJJ black belts absolutely humiliate other martial artists. BJJ it takes you minimum of 8 years to get black belt compared to 3-4 for other Korean martial arts. Not denigrating other MA but let's face it 10 year old black belts, come on. My son is a Yi Dan (Second degree) in Tang Soo Do and he loves it but he likes BJJ even more.