I recently turned 32, and I feel great!
I used to hear my older students complain about “getting old,” even though I wouldn’t consider being in your thirties “old.” They would say there cardio has dropped off, reaction time has suffered, and complain of injuries.
I won’t lie and say there is no drawbacks, but there are some serious benefits. For one, my techniques have never been more refined. Even after training for over 18 years, I am constantly learning new things everyday. My level of understanding behind the mechanics of certain techniques has skyrocketed – allowing me to innovate and experiment with new techniques at a much faster rate.
My strength has also increased significantly. I am not doing anything drastically different than in the past, but I can feel the “silverback” effect kicking in. I also feel a bit wiser, having experienced a lot more in my life (I can imagine when I am 70!)
I remember that I could be like a cheetah, and go 100% sparring at the drop of dime. Now, I need a real warm up to loosen me up before I get into battle. A good warm up and stretch is much more important these days and not something that I can afford to skip. This is not a big deal, but it is a noticeable difference.
However, the real drawback I am experiencing is recovery time, when I was 18, an injury was something that would cost me one day of training. It was almost impossible to be hurt. Now, not so much, LOL! Making a bad move can cost me weeks of nursing a limb if I am not careful. This has resulted in me being much more careful in training, and tapping sooner.
Overall, I am happy with the way my body is adjusting. In my eyes, I have yet to hit my peak and I look forward to continually improving my skills.