Helio Gracie - Training into Old Age

Image by Esther Lin - all elbows

I wonder what systems and styles or whatever I will be training in as I get into my twilight years. Helio Gracie (above) is truly an inspiring individual and still gets on the mat and trains in his 90's! Not only does he still train and occasionally teach, but he is a true picture of good health.

How many people do you know who can not only function well physically and mentally but who actually undertake any form of physically exerting activity? You are an inspiration Helio. Here is a video of him produced recently.

A lot of systems involve a certain amount of athletic ability in order to apply and deliver the moves onto somebody. I wonder how my training today will differ from the training I will do well into old age?

I will assume that striking arts will have to take a back step as it is very likely that power will diminish over time. Some strength should remain, in particular grip strength, but quickness and power are likely to suffer.

I am thinking a soft style definitely whether that be continuing bjj, starting Aikido or maybe even go back to studying a form of Hapkido with less kicking and focus more on the joint manipulation aspects of it.

I took a few moments today to consider things such as this today after watching the above video and thought I would pose the question here.

So what do you think you will doing into old age?