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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Just part of the lifestyle...

Life gives us some adversity and it's almost as a sure thing as death and taxes.  Mine in jiu jitsu has finally comes!  I will undergo surgery May 24th (or sooner) to have my two, medial quadricep tendons reattached.  The accident occurred a while ago, but I've just been bearing through it and I didn't know the severity of the injury.  I finally got an MRI this past Wednesday and the orthopedist met with me on Friday morning to give me the prognosis.  It will be a lengthy recovery and rehab and it will be challenging.

I don't think much is served by talking about any details of the injury, but I think it's a good time to get refocused and make some short and long term goals and plans.  My jiu jitsu involves several elements which make up a lifestyle.  It's not only rolling on the mat, so I've got other things that I can still work on while I get through this injury.  My diet, strength and conditioning, and my "without the gi" training are still all intact and I will work hard on all of those.  As far as rolling, it's really just a matter of redirecting that towards some other efforts in class.  I had a good time this week getting adjusted to watching more and keeping connected with the academy.  I was able to spot some problems some guys were having and hopefully I was of help.  I'm no instructor, but hopefully I can contribute in some way.  I'm able to do a lot of the warm ups as well, at least until the surgery time.  I guess you could just say my role is switching gears for a while.

The biggest lesson I have from this experience is this:  Don't make competition results the only thing that is important to you and the culmination of your self-worth in jiu jitsu.   My jiu jitsu experience is not all about wins and losses; not even close.  I probably would be a complete mess right now and I'm not sure what I would be doing.  It's also great to have good support from friends and family. Thanks to all of you.

And on goes the experience!


  1. It's great that you look at the bright side of things even with what happened to you. Actually, in this kind of sport, injury can sometimes be inevitable. It's part of learning jiu jitsu. I think to lessen the severity of the injury, it would be better to wear proper attire and to make sure you warm properly always.

    Hugh Motz