It has been a REALLY long time since I’ve posted. I herniated my disc back in October and stopped training completely. I did rehab for 2 months and was released. However, my doctor told me that herniated discs can take between 6 and 8 months to heal so I did not return to training. Instead I took my rehab exercises and performed them in a gym with free weights. And I did that twice a week until the end of May.
Then, I returned to the mat the first weekend in June. That’s why the title of this post translates to “I returned to the mat.” The cool part is that it rhymes in Portuguese. LOL!
Anyway, I am not training full out. I am only working on the technical part of the class and that’s it. If anything that we train looks like it’ll put strain on my neck like guard passing I don’t do it. Partly because I still want some time to heal and partly because I’m scared.
I know, I know I sound like a wuss, but that’s OK. One thing I always remember is that aging never stops. And injuries that don’t heal properly always come back to bite you when you’re older. I want to keep training until I’m in my late 90’s so taking the time to heal now will pay off in the end. I’m just going to take things easy and slow for now. Jiu-Jitsu isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. I’m in no hurry.
So far our classes have been focusing on real basic techniques like armbars from the guard and transitioning from an armbar to an omo plata, which is great. One class involved escaping the mount and I did it for a bit and everything seemed OK.
I’ve felt a little sore all over afterwards, which is normal for not having trained for so long, but also my back has been fine. It’s sensitive, but I haven’t had any issues. This makes me happy because it tells me I’m doing things right.
Eventually I’ll get back to sparring, but not for a while and only with guys I trust. I don’t need to get hurt again.
Any of you suffer any injuries recently? How did you handle it?
Chau e bom dia!