Some people seem to think I’m crazy for even considering competing in May while I’m currently healing from an injury. The way I look at it, I should be done with the recovery for my back problems by the time the tournament comes, and if I am, then why not compete? Plenty of people have competed with injuries that were far worse than mine! The only drawback I can see is that since I’m not 100% right now, I can’t train the way I would like to, and I don’t want to go into the tournament unprepared.
Realistically, I don’t know if I’ll be able to compete, but I’m keeping my hopes up. I’m preparing for competition mentally, but physically is proving to be more of a challenge. I did take a few weeks off to heal, and now, even though my doctor gave me the go ahead to attend Jiu-Jitsu class, and my back pain has greatly decreased, it’s difficult to try to be prepared for competition when my instructors haven’t even been letting me roll! Last week when Conan taught, he did let me grapple, but only with him (until I insisted that he also let me roll with Jerad). Then this week, Greg wouldn’t let me roll with anyone at all! He told me I should just “study the game”.
I have a complete re-evaluation of my back coming up next week, so hopefully it will be healing well, and I’ll have a better idea of where I stand. When I go to the chiropractor on the days after I go to BJJ class, he tells me my back is looking better, and then when I go after not having attended class, he says it looks terrible! That leads me to believe that not only is Jiu-Jitsu not hurting anything, but it’s actually helping in some way. Now if I could only convince everyone else of that!
“Well, all I got to say to you when you tell me not to play,
I say, “No, no, no, no, no, no, no”…
rock roll ( rock roll!), I wanna rock roll ( rock roll!)