I’m just getting over an injury that was completely, utterly, absolutely my own fault.
I was taking it easy during a sparring session with an older, lighter lower belt and ended up in caught in a crazy omoplata/kimura/crucifix position. I should just have tapped out and carried on, but instead my ego got in the way and I kept on holding on, looking for a way out for far too long.
Yes, I got out eventually but I paid a price. Thankfully, however, I got off relatively lightly; it could have been much worse.
Thinking about this self-induced injury afterwards made me mad. Not at the other guy – he did everything right – but at myself. I’ve scolded other people for the exact same thing and I know better!
So here’s my rant on the topic.
The fastest way to stall your BJJ progress is to get injured. It’s true that some injuries are unavoidable, but so many of them can be avoided by KEEPING YOUR EGO IN CHECK!
Listen to My Ego and Injury Rant Here…
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P.S. Here are some other articles and videos on the topic of preventing, dealing with, and recovering from injuries in grappling
- Three Ways to Deal with Injuries in BJJ
- Tips for Recovering from BJJ Injuries and Getting Back to Training
- How to Deal with a BJJ Rib Injury
- Fixing Bad Backs in BJJ
- Torn ACL FAQ
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