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!