I'm really enjoying our "Masters" Over 40 class that Professor Rodrigo has been developing over the past few weeks. We've got a class on Friday nights at both the Bellevue and Seattle locations (Professor Doug and, I think, Professor Carlos, have been running the Bellevue/Eastside session).
One of the things that we've really been focusing on is self-defense. We managed to train three different self-defense techniques last night: countering a punch, a kick, and a "grab." I'll defer to Professor's preferences, but I think there's real gold in building the Masters class around self-defense.
We also did some work on escapes, specifically side control escapes and reguarding. The nice thing is that we continue to work with the curriculum (these escapes are part of Week 11). But I've been using Prof's variations and adaptations to suit the specific needs of our folks.
All in all, a lot of learning about how to teach jiu-jitsu most effectively. I'm having a great time and if you're in the area and over 40 (or even close to it), consider stopping by some Friday evening for some great, efficient training with your fellow grown-ups.