WHAT EVERY BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU STUDENT DREADS – AN INJURY THAT INTERUPTS THEIR TRAINING.
For the hardcore Brazilian Jiu Jitsu player, the thought of not being able to train on a regular basis is understandably – UNTHINKABLE!!!!! This is not a sport where it is easy to sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else train. However, injuries do happen that will force even the most dedicated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu student do something they dread – take off time from active training to allow for adequate healing. So how can you survive “down time” and still stay sharp with techniques and possibly even improve? Depending on the injury – one arm training could be the answer.
A MODIFIED BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU TRAINING EMPLOYING “ONE ARM ROLLING” CAN WORK!
A couple months before a significant tournament in which I wanted to compete – I experienced an elbow injury. My instructor – Professor Dinklage – correctly advised me to have it checked out before continuing to train. A couple weeks later when I returned to the mats, my Professor suggested I try some one arm training to protect the elbow from a second injury. To my surprise, not only did training using one arm keep my injured arm safe, but parts of my game actually improved.
To train with one arm I would keep my recuperating arm tucked into my belt. Rolling with the use of one arm is one way of improving your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu hip movement. This training improved my game a lot as it forced me to think more about foot and hip placement, weight distribution and balance. It significantly helped me improve use of my legs in guard passing and preventing my opponent from passing my guard.
TRAINING THROUGH AN INJURY IN BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU– GOOD IDEA OR NOT?
The injury I had experienced was of such a nature that it allowed me to safely continue a modified form of training. BJJ / MMA / GRAPPLING are such testosterone laden sports that many practitioners find it difficult to sit on the sidelines and watch others train after suffering an injury. However, if the injury is such that any form of physical training either delays healing or aggravates the injury the wise but not easy thing to do is lay off. Concentrate on any rehab a doctor or your Professor advises. There is the old mantra of “NO PAIN – NO GAIN” – better to follow “PAIN??? NO TRAIN!!!!” IF YOU WANT TO LAST IN BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU!