by Don Franks on 04/05/10
I started doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a few years ago and I became addicted. No seriously, ADDICTED. I traveled everywhere to train with the best instructors in the world, signed up on every newsletter, joined online training groups, bought a hundred videos and trained 4-5 times a week for the first couple years. Then...I tore my bicep and labrum (shoulder). I did a lot of rehab myself to the point where is doesn't bother me much but I definately feel it about once a day. I need surgery but I'm holding off until I can take some time to do the surgery. I'm still training but nothing like I did before and have been really focusing on technique. My friends always say "Dude what are you doing?". If I didn't do BJJ, or any martial arts for that matter, I would not be the person I am today. It keeps me sane, literally. When I'm training I do not think about anything except the task at hand. I believe with all the stress in life you have to do something to take your mind away, if only for an hour a day.
I'm in Utah training with Professor Eddie Edmunds who is my BJJ instuctor. We worked on leg locks today, something I do not practice often so it is a treat. Leg locks are cool because they are always there. I don't recommened someone just starting BJJ doing them because of apparent injuries but they sure are fun when you know what to do and when to do it. Most times when I train with Eddie he has one of his students train with me. In the martial arts world there are a lot of egos, and his students welcome me with open arms. The way every teacher, student or school should be..