September 16, 2012
I’m injured again. Not so bad to be out of action for a couple of weeks, but bad enough to avoid sparring for a week or so until my neck calms down. I can move my neck pretty freely – except if I want to look down! The more I try to look down, the more a pins-and-needles sensation begins in my right hand’s fingers – less than ideal! However, today is better than yesterday, and I’m hoping that the same will be the case tomorrow. I put 100% of the blame on this latest injury not on Jiu Jitsu’s doorstep, but rather on work – spending 9 hours strapped to a desk pounding away on a keyboard cannot be good for your back and neck – particularly if you have a terrible posture as I do – perhaps that’s something I should look into.
Full speed ahead!
So I decided to give the regular class a miss and instead show my face at the beginner class, today from 11:30 – I thought I could at least have a look at some technique then watch the sparring portion of class. The beginner class is about an hour long and is broken up as such: – 10 minutes warm up, 40 minutes drilling technique, then the remaining 10 minutes is spent sparring 3 minute rounds. This is the perfect class for anyone who is injured, just not injured so much as to prevent them from attending. I could do a little bit of stretching, then go over various Spider Guard situations ( 4 situations today, drilled in 4 minute intervals at a slower pace by Shimyo sensei) before finishing up – not a lot of sweat, but rather a good chance to stay in the game whilst giving my neck a rest.
September 12, 2012
We welcomed Sun San back to Triforce from Korea – It’s great to have him back and all the guys are looking forward to training with him for the next two months. Not that he’s been taking it easy since he left to go back home a year and a bit or so ago – it seems as if he’s something like 5-10 kgs up since that time?!
Sun san and I after class
Unfortunately he hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts since being back, injuring his shoulder in the competition class yesterday – I hope the visit to the hospital today went well and that he’s back on the mat training soon – 2 months is too short a time!
September 7, 2012
I’m glad to be back safe in Tokyo after two weeks or so in the UK where I visited friends and family – not an iota of jiujitsu was undertaken during this time, despite a new jiu jitsu club opening 30 minutes from my parents house! I wanted to rest up and rehab the few niggling injuries I’d had – you know, the tiny injuries we all get through training hard which bother us, just not enough to stop going to the academy. In my case it was sore fingers, neck twinges (as always) and twinges with my left knee. I enjoyed doing some heavy stretching daily and eating (a lot) and I have to say now I feel great and ready to hit training 100%!
Me with an extremely thin Jun Sakamoto @ TF Shinjuku
I got back to Japan this Tuesday and full of jet lag and plastic airplane meals my first port of call was Triforce Shinjuku on the following Wednesday night (Triforce Ikebukuro being closed every 5th of the month). It was great to be back on the blue mat and rolling with the guys, but god if I soon realized that holidays and jiu jitsu really don’t mix! I felt as if my cardio stood up ok and hadn’t diminished too much, but god if I was off pace, sluggish and second to the ball every time – even pulling off my usual go to sweeps were almost an impossibility – shocking really!
Miyamoto sensei (bottom) demonstrating some De La Riva sweeps
Things got a lot better yesterday – it’s amazing what a regular sleep pattern can do for you! It was great to be back at Triforce Ikebukuro for the regular morning class and to roll with the guys again. Miyamoto sensei demonstrated various sweeps from the De La Riva guard, something I with long legs should be utilizing more of but for some reason (general lack of skill?!) don’t. The key for me with this guard is to have the confidence to release the opponents right sleeve grip in order to sit up and move to execute. Usually, in my case if I’m not quick to sit up after letting go of the sleeve my opnent will just go heavy moving to pass. After more of Miyamoto san’s advice I feel more confident to hit this when rolling so I’ll be looking for it from now on – bring on Sunday!