When Are You Too Sick to Practice BJJ?


I’m sick yet again.  It isn’t that bad.  I’ve just got a runny nose and a tiny bit of a sore throat.  I’m not sneezing or coughing.  I went to work today.  I telecommute so it is easier to work when I’m sick.  But where should I draw the line on going to BJJ class?

I really wanted to go tonight but I kept thinking “would I want to roll with me?”  I kept trying to tell myself it wasn’t that bad and that the others wouldn’t notice.  The more I told my self that this was the truth the more I felt like I was kidding myself.  I’m sick and tired of being sick!  I don’t want to get anyone sick and sure don’t want them getting me sick.  But this has got to stop!  I’ll keep falling behind.  It must just be that time of year.  The transition to fall seems to bring it out.  I have noticed that a lot of my co-workers are out sick too.

So answer me this: When are you too sick to practice BJJ?

Could I have gone tonight and no one would have cared?  Would rolling with someone while mildly sick have gotten them sick?

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12 Replies to “When Are You Too Sick to Practice BJJ?”

  1. Dude, I feel your pain. Last year kicked my butt. I missed a lot of jiujitsu due to various ailments. That being said… THANK YOU for not coming to class. That was the right decision. If you think you are contagious, don’t contaminate the rest of us man. I’ll afford you the same favor when I get sick this year.

  2. another thing i dont really worry about is “falling behind” because I’ve never really thought of jiu jitsu as a race. Its just something I’m going to do as long as I am physically able. Just like walking. Falling behind is not really a concern in the grand scheme of things.

    1. That is a good way to think of it. I’ll try and adopt that attitude. I will also remind you of it if a white belt taps you out 🙂

  3. I have the same issue when I am sick… should I go? Should I stay home? … I’ll admit I have trained when I have been mildly ill… and I have always regretted it. I feel guilty afterward for possibly getting people sick and putting them out of training, and then I feel worse because my body needed rest, and I went to class like a dummy. …and they I am sick longer.

    Someone shared this on my blog a while back, and I got a kick out of it.


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