In the last two years and some change, here is a list of injuries that I’ve suffered during Judo randori and BJJ tournaments and rolling:
- Torn trapezius
- Fractured rib
- Torqued (sprained) neck x 2 (yes, my guillotine defense needs work)
- 2x sprained ankles
- jammed ankle
- broken finger
- multiple sprained/jammed fingers
- strained back x a lot
- pulled hamstring
- 2x sprained MCL
- 1 sprained ACL
- bone spur
- strained biceps
- multiple bruises, bumps and mat-burns
Being 34 years old, I’m sure that some of these can be attributed and written off to that inevitable saying “you’re not 20 anymore.” That being said, I’m 100% sure that these wouldn’t have happened without jiu jistsu and judo going on at the time of their showing.
Here’s the beauty of being injured; I liken it to a business. Say there is an employee that works a job…long shifts…boring work, but with the potential to make a mistake costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Say that employee actually did that mistake and cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars.
What would you do if you were the boss?
I’m willing to bet 99% of you would say “can his ass.” I say keep him, and here’s why; You hire a new guy, he needs trained, he falls into the same ho-hum routine and has the possibility of making the same mistake and another 100k down the drain.
You keep the guy that screwed up who has had the reality hit of actually losing 100k, more than likely his attitude will be something similiar to, “I’ll never screw that up again.”
We’ve all been there…that moment you fuck up and think “Shit, I’m so fired.” Only to find out you get reprimanded a little and you keep your job…whatever you screwed up is instilled in your mind, and you WILL NEVER SCREW IT UP AGAIN.
…The same goes for BJJ and Judo. I broke my rib by trying an Osoto-Gari throw (major-outer-reap, visit judoinfo.com for a view). My mistake? I didn’t have my weight committed forward and got absolutely blown up with what some would describe as “The Rock Bottom”. Guess who never has a problem leaning forward now? Guess why…Because fuck that.
- The neck – Not looking up during a double-leg
- The fingers – Improper breakfall
- The back – Bridging with the opponent stabilized
I never do these things. I don’t do them because frankly, they hurt like hell. My technique improves because I know what hurts me and what happens when I try it my way instead of the proven way. I’m not an innovator of the art just yet, but I’m learning what works; bones, bruises and sprains are a hell of a group of coaches.
Pain is your reprimanding
Quitting is being Fired
Break it, then suck it up or find another job, this is my career.