I took a week off from Jiu-Jitsu after last Wednesday’s class, because although my shoulder is feeling much better, the numbness in my hand started getting worse, and it spread to my entire arm. My chiropractor believes it’s caused by a nerve in my neck, and since I started getting an adjustment every other day, it’s been improving. It should be alright for me to continue training, the most important thing is to not overdo it, and to protect my neck, so I’ll have to be careful when I’m rolling, and make sure to tap extra early to chokes.
I participated in the entire advanced class last night, and it didn’t really bother my neck or arm, but the rolling portion of class was shorter and milder than normal. We only did a half hour of open guard king of the mat, and since I lost every round in about thirty seconds, I didn’t spend a lot of time actually rolling. I also didn’t have to worry too much about my neck, because no one tried to submit me, I was just swept, over and over again. It was much less brutal than the escape drills and “eight minutes in hell” that we did last Wednesday!
Last week in the advanced class, Professor Greg told us he thought some of our basics looked sloppy, so the current theme in class is drilling fundamentals. I know some people think that’s boring, or unnecessary, but I’ve realized that the best way for me to learn a technique is by doing it repeatedly, and my basics could still use a lot of work, so I’m totally down with it. Hopefully the issues with my neck and arm won’t get in the way!
“You can’t think too much when you’re fighting. You just have to do. You get that from drilling. If you watch Judoka, wrestlers, boxers and Muay Thai fighters train, they all drill. Many jiu-jitsu guys are lazy, they do five reps on each side and then they’re done. Judokas will do one hundred reps on each side. Wrestlers train for hours. Boxers hit the bags all day. When you drill, your body gets conditioned to naturally get into the proper positions. If you’re only sparring, you’re going to stick to what you like. If you drill positions you don’t know or are weak in, you’re going to make bigger gains.” -Andre Galvão