Tag: BJJ

Injuries,… Again

About a week and a half ago someone performed a “can opener” on me at training, which only really works on beginners, but regardless it hurts very much. I ended up tapping the guy out, but still, several days later, my neck and left shoulder were still sore.

It’s so bad that for the first few days I had a hard time doing anything but laying down. Sitting or standing ended up getting painful after a few seconds, as tension in my neck turned to pain that flared all the way to my elbow.

Now, ten days later, it’s still painful and I’m taking pain killers in order to be able to work a full day without going crazy, but it’s getting better. Anyway, needed to get that off my chest. Thanks.


Last night, during training, I dove onto a kneebar and thought I had it locked up when my opponent went down. Instead, I found myself on the receiving end of a heelhook. Had I realised what was about to happen and hadn’t been so focused on completing my own (obviously sloppy) submission, I would have tapped and things would have been fine. Instead, I can now hardly walk as I have some damage to my MCL.

I’m in good shape, have been living healthy so I hope the recovery will be fast and smooth. It sucks because a) I was on a roll with training, and b) I’m going to go to the land of hiking (Iceland) in a few weeks. Hopefully, I will be in shape for that.

Opposite of Courage is Conformity

I really enjoyed the Joe Rogan podcast with Rickson Gracie. While I’m certainly not the Rickson nuthugger that a lot of jiu jitsu enthusiasts are, I enjoyed what he said in the following clip, summed up by what he says: “The opposite of courage is conformity.” I don’t know if it’s necessarily true, but it’s an interesting philosophy that, if kept in the back of your mind, might enhance your life and make it a little bit closer to what it could be.

Running is Getting Easier, Not Any More Fun!

I just finished another 3,5 km run in just under 17,5 minutes. My time is getting better, which means I don’t have to torture myself as much, and that’s about the only good thing about it. It also means that I don’t need as much motivation to get going 3 or 4 times a week.

While my weight dropped like very fast at first — like, “do I have bowel cancer?”-fast — now it’s dropping slow but steady, which is allaying any concerns that it may have been as a result of something other than the running and more conservative diet.

Frustratingly, as if I needed more reason to have jiu jitsu in my life…