Image via WikipediaThe other day I stood up off the mat and I knew that I was going to be sporting some bruises from the grabbing and twisting of my gi. The guy I got up off of was looking through a swollen eye, and we both had grins on our faces, because a quick cat and mouse game of ne-waza (ground work) had come to an end.
The next day his eye was a little swollen and my upper arms and chest had some nice purple discolorations and a few scratches. “Macho!,” you scream, “You idiots are doing nothing but macho head butts!” Well, I would have to disagree with your charge. Let me explain the difference. Nobody was hurt, we worked fast and strong, but nobody needed ice, or a wrap, or a doctor for that matter. And that is the difference. None of the minor rashes we had would stop us from competing that weekend - in any sport. Conversely if you are saying, “Yeah I would like to compete but I was training so hard that I separated my shoulder.” Then that is macho and it deserves to be called out.
Look, injuries, accidents, mishaps, happen but training to the point of consistent and constant injury – that is wrong. Does the National Football League train like that? Nope; in fact, I would like you to point to any professional sport that trains recklessly, because they don’t. Money is on the line with the pros and that - is - the - bottom - line. You should be just as smart. A black eye and some mat rash are part of fun training, true injury is not. Know the difference.