No Joy Without Pain in BJJ

Its a concept we are all familiar with.  How can you understand happiness or joy if you don’t know pain or misery? I was inspired by Georgette’s post "I Cried This Morning" and Ben’s post "A Ass Kicking in the Right Direction" today.  I’ve blogged about "Finding Your Happy Place in Jiu-Jitsu" and my thoughts.  Mark also helped me form my thoughts in his post "The Dip and Jiu-Jitsu".

What does it all boil down to?  Its a constant struggle of ups and downs.  We take the good with the bad and keep going.  Its time to think large (The Small and Large of it in Jiu-Jitsu) and not dwell on the moment that is discouraging us.

This is another reason to keep a Journal.  The old adage "If you forget history your are doomed to repeat it" applies.  If you chronicle your training you can look back and say "hey, I remember what it was like when I couldn’t even do a scissor sweep".  You can see the larger picture and the moment in time that is causing you pain is swallowed up in the greater success you have had over time.

After all anything worth having requires blood, sweat, and tears or else it wouldn’t be worth having because you wouldn’t appreciate it.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu

That Hurt! So Why Am I Laughing?!

Tonight we practiced some Judo throws.  I’ve got them on video and I’ll post them after I get the names documented correctly.  We practiced falling properly and went right into it.  After a while it goes without saying you hurt.  Throw to the left, throw to the right, stand up, throw down, until you get it right.  So why did I find myself laughing each time I hurt?  Its true I didn’t get injured.  I’m sure if I had cracked a rib or ripped some muscle I wouldn’t have laughed but minor pain had me giggling like a school girl.  I’m going to have some nice bruises on my shins from having my legs swept.  I still laughed when I got my shin kicked.  I was having fun.  I was enjoying BJJ.  But that doesn’t mean I like pain.  So tell me there is a psychological reason for it or at least tell me I’m not alone.  My practice partner come to think of it was laughing too but not as much as I was.  I’m not feeling like I’m a masochist but since when was laughing from pain natural?  I can’t saying any other sport has had such an affect on me.

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The Pain and Agony of Jiu-Jitsu

Last night I had a great time at class.  I lost a lot of rolls but got in some good sweeps.  It was the first time I did a Balloon Sweep.  I ended up stopping about 15 minutes shy of the full hour and a half because of a injury.  I don’t even know how I did it.  All of the sudden I couldn’t raise my left leg into a 90 degree position without a huge amount of pain at the top of my thigh.  I felt that I may have pulled it at the beginning of class but hadn’t noticed any pain until the end.

I love Jiu-Jitsu and I’ve decided I must love pain.  I keep getting hurt and I keep going back for more.  I try to heal fast enough to be ready for the next injury, be it a bruise, muscle pull, or sprain.  But in most cases they stack up until I have to stop and rest.

I tried some Badger Balm last night to help my sore muscle and some ibuprofen.  It didn’t do anything of significance.  I avoid aspirin knowing it only makes bruises worse.  What does the rest of the BJJ community use to help speed healing of muscle injuries?  Please share with me.  Any tips or tricks to help speed healing would be greatly appreciated.

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BJJ A “Gentle Art”! Don’t You Watch UFC!

I’ve taken some flak about a few of my posts where I call BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) a “Gentle Art”.  It seems to insult some people to think of BJJ as “Gentle” in any way shape or form.  Don’t get me wrong, BJJ is deadly and it is all in how you use it.  Arm bars can be used to tear a arm from the join or to cause significant pain and threat  for a submission.   You see BJJ used in UFC fights all the time.  It is part of a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighters standard skill set and for good reason.

A punch or kick is only a split second in time and the damage is done.  With BJJ and grappling its different.  You have time once the technique is in place.  Do I choke them to death or just out?  Do I dislocate their elbow or do I just bend it enough to hear them yell “UNCLE”.  I say BJJ has a gentle side only because you can decide to be gentle.  Its like Spock’s famous Vulcan Nerve Pinch.  What is to stop Spock from killing you or letting you come out of it once you have been pinched?  In my post “How To Use The Rear Naked Choke” I think my point is made in graphic detail.  Watch the video and you tell me if the security guard wasn’t using BJJ to be gentle.  Then check out this video with Grayson Greener.  Grayson doesn’t immediately destroy the guys shoulder.  He gives him time to tap out before he does the damage.  BJJ is about choice that is my argument related to being gentle.