I have been consistently improving. Classes twice a week, reviewing my books and videos (mostly University JJ and Blue Belt Requirements) and my new exercise regimen has increased my ability to defend and gain positional dominance. However that same regimen has also left me a little broken.
I have a nagging shoulder problem, my neck clicks, my left knee has felt gimpy as of late and I believe I may have torn some cartilage in my left elbow last Friday. I was trapped in an arm bar and we both heard my elbow make a tearing sound. All of these ‘injuries’ have taken place in the last 30 days or so. In my quest to get better I think I have tried to accelerate when I should have slowed down and slowed down when I should have stopped.
My wife commented that we are training like athletes so we have to take care of ourselves the same way. I know it sounds simple but I needed to hear that from a casual observer to let it sink through. The most I do to recuperate is stretch and use Aspercreme to avoid cramps. I think I need to learn how to treat my minor injuries (ice, warm compresses, eating correctly, etc.) and start taking advantage of the healthcare plan I have. My brother suggested I go to a chiropractor when I told him about my neck. Maybe I need to look into that as well.
I may have to just go through warm-ups and drill so I won’t make any potential injuries worse.