My Knee Injury Treatment – MCL on the mend

It has been over 3 months now since my I tore my MCL during Jiu-Jitsu.  I’ve been taking good care of it.  I still wear a brace during practice.  It is still tender in spots.  Some times I get a weird twinge of pain that pluses down the side from having it bent too long.  Over all it looks like everything is mending.  The book I got to help me strengthen it, Treat Your Own Knees – Simple exercises to build strength, flexibility, responsiveness, and endurance, has helped but really it only has 4 exercises and could be condensed to one page.  The book gives far more detail and education then I need.  But I still recommend it.  It has good diagrams that explain the inner working.

Ginastica Natural – Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga

How do I improve my muscle memory, stamina, and strength for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?  I’m not a little guy at 214 lb but that puts me in the lower end of the heavy weight division.  I end up with the 275 lb guys.  I need a way to speed up my learning while increasing my body strength.  I hate doing what I call mindless aerobics or movement for movements sake.  I want something from it even if it means peddling a stationary bike that produces electricity.  Because I don’t always have some one to do BJJ with I have started looking into Ginastica.  Here is a video of it on YouTube: Ginastica Natural in Action.  It combines Jiu-Jitsu moves with Yoga and claims to help in the three categories I want to improve.  I just ordered it from BudoVideos.com.  I will let you know how it works out for me.  I am hoping it will help me also reach my goal weight of 200 lb (10 more pounds then what I weighted in High School).