Jiu-Jitsu Letter

Quitting for Injuries

I used to play basketball all the time. I’d sprain my ankle. Miss a couple of weeks. Then I’ll come back to play.

People run, bike, golf, play video games, etc. They get injured, then they heal up, and they return to whatever activity they love.

So, I don’t really buy “injury” as a reason to stop jiu-jitsu. If you’re getting hurt in jiu-jitsu class often, maybe it’s your approach to training, or maybe it’s your school. People are training for 20, 30, 40 years. It’s certain they’ve dealt with injuries, but they’re still there.

What are you doing differently than them? What makes them so special that they can keep training? Could “injuries” be BS?

I think about those that play golf, and how some of them are terrible. But they keep playing. Why don’t those that suck at golf quit? Maybe it’s because in golf, you may have a partner, but you’re really playing the course. You’re competing against yourself. Maybe that’s the approach to take with jiu-jitsu.

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