The Healing Art of Jiu-Jitsu?

I find it ironic that one of the reasons I go to Jiu-Jitsu twice each week is for mental well being but not physical it seems.  What I mean by that is each week I find stress relief in class.  Its like popping the mental pressure value.  The aggression combined with the concentration on technique helps me.  But most of the time I spend the week recovering physically from class.  Yes, I get a good physical work out that helps me.  And yes, we are all considerate and try not to hurt our training partners.  Its just that every week there is something that has to heal on my body.  This week it is a jammed finger (I never even felt it happen) and a huge bruise from a failed Ashi-Barai.  I’m dotted all over with bruises in various stages of healing.  Most of my injuries heal in one week or aren’t painful anymore in that time.  I guess what I’m saying is I wish I would harden up a little or that I didn’t feel so old.  I can’t stop doing Jiu-Jitsu.  I know I’d miss it to much.  I’m a addict.  I guess the best course of action is to improve my technique and healing knowledge.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu

3 Replies to “The Healing Art of Jiu-Jitsu?”

  1. Amen. Jiujitsu, while being hard on my body, keeps me sane and whole, mentally.

    I started jiujitsu about a week before life took an epic dump on my plate. Jiujitsu kept me sane through it all… and I think I clung to tightly to it at first because I needed to unload all my stress and tension on the mat. If I didn’t have it, I seriously think I would have had some sort of break down.

    Things are well on their way back to normal now, but the addiction is deep seeded, and I will with with Jiujitsu for the long haul.

    And oddly enough, I am a much more mellow person now then I was before Jiujitsu. It make sense to everyone who grapples, but to my friends who don’t… They fail to understand how fighting makes me a more calm person.

    1. Well said, Stephanie. They ask me the same questions. I’ll say something like “my ribs are sore” or “I can’t pick that up, would you? I jammed my finger at Jiu-Jitsu last night”. Then they all think I’m crazy because I get hurt doing it. But I am a more calm person after. I don’t want to miss it the next week. Last night I rolled even though I couldn’t close my left hand very well with . . . you guessed it . . . a jammed finger.

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