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.
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).