In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, they* say that most injuries occur during your white and blue belt years. The reason for this is because you’re green to the sport. You don’t know or understand how to move yet, not just for Jiu-Jitsu, but for the limitations of your own body. You’ll see other people around you that are more flexible or athletic, and in trying to replicate that, your entire abdomen will explode, or your head will fall off. That’s why most Gi companies also specialise in Will & Testament forms, so that you don’t leave your family in the lurch, when you inadvertently die doing this fucking sport.
*I don’t know who they are.
Recently I hurt my neck playing about with Judo. I did Judo a bit as a kid, but when you’re a kid, falling is part of your daily routine, so you become accustomed to doing it without hurting yourself. I’d now consider to be green at Judo, because when I’m thrown, it can really fucking hurt. Luckily, it was just a pulled muscle and I only had to rest for a couple of weeks.
Annoyingly (for me, and them too I’m sure) two good training partners of mine have fallen to pretty shitty injuries. Neil the submission transition beast himself was rolling back in February or so and felt his knee pop. We’ve all been there, with the regular clicks and clacks of bodily destruction, but this was serious. He needs a full ACL reconstruction. Which means he’s out for a good long while. Which means I don’t get to roll with him anymore. Which sucks.
Last night at Submission Wrestling, another very competitive guy in Luca, snapped his collarbone. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know that I also did this a couple of years back. Apparently he did it from a similar position, which is crazy. Hopefully his recovery is speedier than mine, because he actually has some athletic prowess about him.
Not having these two in the gym for a while will suck, because you’re guaranteed a really difficult roll out of either. They both regularly make me look a fucking fool, which admittedly isn’t hard.
The main thing to take away here, is be fucking careful kids. Your body isn’t designed to do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, at all. Every second you’re on that mat, be mindful on what you’re doing, or you’ll end up in the dirt god damnit.
The rest of this piece will be silent to commemorate my fallen soldiers.