…..You only have so many falls, fractures, broken bones and injuries during the course of your training that the body can go through. This means that during the course of your training life, like any athlete your body can only take so much. Think of that professional football player that running back that you like. He came up through grade school and then went on to college and finally made it to the pros. During that period of time you can bet he has had some injuries, bumps and bruises along the way. A professional athlete particularly a running back has a very sort competitive life span in the pros. Roughly three to five years. (of course there are the exceptions) The Martial Sciences are no different in that during the course of your training you will invariably be injured. You will probably at some point have a fairly severe minor injury and may have that major injury. The trick is not to have a major enough injury that you cannot train anymore. I have seen people come back from knee surgery, shoulder surgery, back surgery, etc. I have also seen people have to leave their base system such as Judo when they got older because their knees we so degenerated that they moved onto some thing else. Shihan Doron Navon comes to mind in that he left Judo to join the Bujinkan and then eventually left the Bujinkan mostly I believe due to injuries sustained during the course of his training life. The body invariably can only take so much punishment. So how to combat this to be able to train longer? First find a teacher that cares about his practitioners. Second make sure that you take to heart all the breakfalls, rolls and defensive maneuvering that is available in your system. In IRT it is extensive and very, very important. So important that I personally never have a day go by that I do not practice breakfalls, rolls, etc. Even on vacation I try to get some practice in this department in. Then when training always train with an eye to injury prevention. Tap early and often when necessary. Understand that only you protect your body and you need to communicate with your partners when going through techniques. To many people fail in this area and then walla they eventually get an injury. So your responsibility to yourself is to communicate well with each and every partner and let them know your unique areas of injury and how far you can go with your mobility. Failing in this and yes you will get an injury. If you have a teacher that cares, good rolls, breakfall skills and you communicate you can mitigate a lot of injuries. That does not mean that you will mitigate them all. Know in any athletic endeavor and particularly the Martial Sciences you will get injuries, pulled muscles, etc. However if you can reduce them you increase your time in being able to train with your body. In the end we only have so much that the body can take and while many people can train their whole life not everyone can. Take care of yourself, your partners and increase your longevity in the Martial Sciences! Remember in the end it is up to you!!!
See You On The Mats!
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Brian R. VanCise
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