We are introducing "The CannaBody Masters Athletics Blog" in which we will be having guest writers document their athletic journeys as they battle injuries, soreness, and pain. Our first athlete is Jim Michael, a 50 year-old Jiu Jitsu competitor.
After over 20 years spent as a competitor and coach in Wrestling, Jim underwent four surgeries between the ages of 38 and 41. After several frustrating years of painful therapy and recovery, he discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the Spring of 2013.
Cannabody will be following Jim’s training and progress over the coming weeks covering many of the physical, mental, and emotional challenges that older athletes deal with. With the help of smart planning, appropriate training, and effective recovery techniques (including Cannabody products), this Jiu Jitsu Masters athlete will attempt to get to the top of the podium in approximately 100 days.
The definition of what an athlete is has been expanded over the 20th Century. People with different physical and developmental challenges are now successful in almost every athletic environment imaginable. And, of course, people are pushing well beyond what we once considered ‘too old’ to be involved in sport and fitness activities. ‘Masters’ athletes can be found in every walk of life, still breaking down barriers and redefining what is possible, in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. These ageless warriors refuse to ‘go quietly’; they are continuing to grind it out, often right next to athletes decades younger than they are.
But, while their focus and toughness is undeniable, the fact remains that older bodies need to focus on recovery, nutrition, and exercise accommodations more than younger bodies do. At Cannabody, we believe that anyone can be a champion…with the right approach and the right plan. That’s why we are introducing you to an athlete that models the right mix of ambition and thoughtfulness that older competitors have to balance if they are going to be able to achieve their goals.
Since that time, Jim has faithfully trained 3-4 times a week, sparring with and alongside athletes 15-25 years younger than him. Soreness, tightness, and nagging injuries are ever present, as they are for most Masters athletes, but he has not wavered in his goal to become a World Champion. After 106 competitive matches in the past four years, Jim has won several tournaments, and has competed in five World Championships. He has reached the Finals at Masters Worlds four times—and came up short each time. This year, Jim is determined to not be denied as he goes after Gold at the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation’s No Gi World Championships in Anaheim on December 16th. He is 50 years old.
Jim uses CannaBody everyday both before workouts to loosen his muscles and joints and also whenever he is in pain or is injured and needs to recover.