COVID 19 and BJJ

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about COVID 19 (coronavirus) and BJJ, so let’s have some straight talk…

My approach to this comes from three perspectives…

I’ve trained in the martial arts for 40 years and got my BJJ black belt 14 years ago… I have both a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in biology and have been following the science around this virus fairly carefully… I’m also a first responder, having served with the fire department for 20 years and having responded to countless medical calls.

Bottomline: I think we’re in big trouble. Really. Big. Trouble.  

And I don’t think we should be training, at least not in the way that we normally do.

In fact, I’m totally willing to bribe you not to train.  Click here to find out more about my free instructional giveaway for anyone refraining from hitting the mats right now, plus 50% off on all subsequent instructionals.

Below is what I said on Twitter on March 5th, before most people thought it was a big deal in North America. And I’ve gotten significantly more cautious since then…

Unpopular opinion: I don’t think that training with lots of different people during the coronavirus outbreak is a good idea at all. A better vector for virus spread with your clothes on cannot be imagined. I am doing my training only with a very small group of people one-on-one.

— StephanKesting (@StephanKesting) March 6, 2020

Let me explain…

The Big Problem

One of the big problems with this virus is that it’s contagious BEFORE there are symptoms.

That means you could be rolling around with someone who seems perfectly fine, not the slightest cough or any indication of fever, and they can still give you the damn thing.

But maybe you’re 20 years old.  If so you might reasonably object that this virus mostly affects old people.

And that’s roughly true.  Based on early mortality studies coming out of places like China and Korea the older you get the more likely you are to die from it.

Let me rebut this a few different ways…

First of all, even if you don’t die getting COVID might really suck . Some people who have recovered from it have described … Continue reading COVID 19 and BJJ