Any sport or physical activity brings with it it’s physical consequences.
Especially in combat sports, where the objective is to inflict bodily harm (to a
certain degree), accidents happen. In a sport where the objective is to grab a
hold of your opponent and force him to submit by choking him unconscious or
applying a series of joint locks attacking primarily the elbows, wrists, or
shoulders, there will surely be injuries. And let’s not even get into leg locks!
Jiu Jitsu is known as the gentle art or “arte suave” in Brazil. A smooth,
flowing series of transitional movements that land a practitioner in dominant
position or submission, this grappling art can be beautiful to the eye and
surprisingly harmless to the body. For the most part, a skilled practitioner
can see (like in a game of chess) when they are in danger moves ahead. This
allows for the individual to prepare and defend, or promptly tap out. There are
always instances though, when this doesn’t happen. Especially in competition
when athletes are pushing themselves to the limit and trying to power out of
holds that they know they are caught in.
There will always be injuries in sports. The key is to find a way to push
through them. Sometimes pushing through means tape it up and keep on going.
Sometimes pushing through means having the strength to admit when you need a
break. In preparation for a major fight, there will always be at least a minor
injury to work through. It is said that nobody goes into a fight at 100%. Even
so, it’s important to be smart, and sometimes have a back up plan to go to when
injured. If all an injured athlete does when injured is sit around waiting to
get back to training, days will feel like years, and the time off will be ill
spent. In a fight, just like in life, versatility is an important key to