And check out this video that Matt Hickney put together for Rick. Very cool:
BJJ training is moving right along. I’ve been training regularly again for a while, and that’s been terrific. Being physically able to go to class three or four times in a week is a downright luxury for me. My back is feeling pretty good, in no small part thanks to Dr. Sean’s attention. My cardio is getting better every class. I’m getting my butt kicked all over the place, but that’s okay by me.
I don’t know how to explain it, but there’s a period of time after every… episode with my back where I just don’t trust it. Have you guys all read the article that’s floated around periodically about the archetypes found in a gym? If not, take a few minutes to read them. It’s hilarious!
But at the same time, if you’re like me, you read those and think to yourself, "Okay… damn. I did that once. Crap. I’ve done that, too." We all have a blind spot. One of the hardest things to do is see ourselves as we’re seen by others. While BJJ is pretty hard on the ego, I don’t think anyone would like to see any of those negative stereotypes applied to themselves. And yet, they’re funny because we DO know those people. Now, I don’t know about you, but to me this suggests that there are a lot of us who embody, at least in part, these negative stereotypes, but don’t know it… don’t see it in our actions.
While I don’t spend too much time worrying about how I’m viewed, I think we would all like to be respected and well liked in our circles. More importantly, these archetypes highlight more than some common personalities. They highlight a lot of common excuses that we make. So, when I’m sparring, I spend a lot of time assessing my back and how I feel. Every time someone asks me how I am, I consider whether I want to tell them the truth, which is usually that it hurts to some degree or another, or to gloss it over. I’m concerned about developing a reputation for being the perpetually injured guy. I don’t want to be that guy.
Does anyone else struggle with a chronic injury or limitation in your training? I’m not talking about something that heals. I’m talking about nagging, persistent pain or limitation. A bad back? Pinched nerve? Maybe some kind of persistent joint issues or hip problems… the sort of thing that you don’t really ever come back from.
How do you handle it? Or if you know someone or train with someone, does their persistent limitation affect your view of them?