Arghh! my back!

Title says it all, since my last postings on the wonders of Kimura arm-locks, i’ve managed to do the thing that most people do in training and that’s injure themselves, or in this case I’ve injured myself.

So what did i do?

During a simple warm up exercise i managed to hurt my lower back, not terribly serious, but when the following day comes and you can’t even put your shoes and socks on without screaming in pain? you know this won’t get easier any time soon. Luckily, or unluckily,  i’m not a stranger to injuries so i know that the first point of call isn’t your local GP, it’s a specialist that knows about lower back pain, i.e. an Osteopath. But before we get to that point, i was helped out by a member of the academy who also went through this themselves and helped me stretch my lower back out a bit, no it wasn’t pleasant!

Later that particular evening a very hot bath to try and relax the muscles in the area, which helped slightly. Gingerly getting into bed and the fighting for hours to find a reasonably comfortable position to sleep in. I don’t recommend lying flat on your front or on your back. The following day comes and disaster already struck! I’m on my back. I attempt to sit up and quickly lie back down again, my back in telling me things… don’t try to sit directly up! I manage to roll out of bed and come to my knees. It feels like my back doesn’t understand the concept of movement. So i grit the teeth and slowly come up straight, even though still slightly stooped.

Dressing myself was a challenge, i.e. putting on trousers, socks, etc. Getting to work was generally unpleasant. Sitting at a desk to operate a pc, yeah that didn’t go down well, considering every time i got up was recipe for disaster. A colleague gave me a contact number for a local Osteopath in the area, which he recommended very highly, so i dutifully made an appointment.

After answering all the normal questions, you do on a first visit, it was time to strip then get on the table. The hour flew by… crack, crack, crack, crack… crack some more. No training for the week, ice the back to reduce swelling, do not sleep on your front or back, sleep on your side with a pillow between the knees. Plus the Osteopath put these strips on my back, why? apparently it helps blood flow to the area.

Days past, movement is coming back, pain still there but I’m moving better. Decided to have another assessment done, as i really want to get back to training, went and saw the Osteopath, another series of cracks and checks. Confirmation, my back is a lot more  responsive and feels like there’s some give in places as before there wasn’t any. Warned me of going back to training and to take it easy, otherwise i can undo all the healing that’s been done. For good measure they cracked the sh1t! out of my neck too and my upper back. (I really do think that back cracking is like ‘popping your cherry’ for Osteopath’s)

But my range of movement is a lot better now and next to no pain. I will now look forward to going back to training, but no high impact stuff. Being injured isn’t cheap!

“Tapping out!”

Seeing double?

It’s been roughly two weeks since my last update from the mats of EKBJJ, many things have been going on which has reduced my ability to be prompt with my learning updates in the art of Gracie Jiu-jitsu. However, i still made some notes along the way.
We have been looking at more head lock escapes, which enabled us to move into positions to potentially take the back and execute a rear naked choke.
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Details here were partly recap of previously taught lessons and details of improving your positioning on someones back as to not fall off when they try to get you off.
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Professor also went over the details of executing a rear naked choke, a criticism the Professor picked up on when observing the class.
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Professor concluded that week with other variations on escaping the head lock and ending the sequence of moves with an armlock submission.
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The following week’s lessons were around guillotine chokes, I unfortunately missed the opening lesson at the start of the week, but was able to get a good consolidation lesson in via the Professor’s talented Brown belts.
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During that lesson, we did a good amount of work on standing and exploring different entry points of guillotine chokes mixed in with some strike defence. One particular detail we looked at which was very, very nice was being in the seated rear naked choke position and guiding their escape towards being guillotined!
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My thoughts, even though i engaged in reduced lessons over the last two weeks, the details were excellent which now adds to my ever increasing knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu. With the seminar looming, I hunger for more details about Jiu-jitsu!
“Tapping out”

Obtaining keys to head locks…

A new week… continuation of headlock and baton defence, progressing on from last week’s tutelage on the subject. Professor gave us the break down on the nights lesson accompanied by some philosophical words on head locks, how they can be
obtained and also how common it is for fights to end at some stage in a head lock. At that point i thought back to a conversation I had with my son today… He was in school and a fight almost ensued and the other kid that wanted to start a fight opened up with a headlock followed by a trip attempt. Needless to say, my son managed to defend the head lock and avoided being tripped.
We started the evenings warm-up with a gentle roll/sparring just to get warmed up, swopping partners periodically. We then went straight into baton defence with another attack aimed directly at our head. The principles learnt last week were identical but we learnt another position, which allowed us to protect our head and drop straight into a clinch which allowed us to control the arm with the weapon, options from here lead into either a single leg take down or a knee into the ‘open space’ followed up by a hip throw.
All variations were practiced several times, with the professor scolding us for not being more committed with the baton attack on the head to help our training partners.
Afterwards we went into headlocks, talking about regularity of headlocks being used as a vehicle to take people down. Professor did a quick revision on things to do when in the basic defensive position on the ground, in particular arm positions and body position then began to explain other options available to us if we aren’t able to get the defensive techniques taught last week.
This included variations to hook over the leg to effectively allow you to get up on to your knees and get to the modified mount position.
Bridging into them to lift them and to place your hip under theirs, this particular technique was especially good if they are driving weight on to you, since the connection is there bridging into them lifts their waist off the floor allowing you to drive your hip under theirs. Then it’s a case of rolling them back the other way so that you’re on top.
The last technique taught was if the person head locking keeps moving their leg you’re trying to hook, to potentially remedy that scenario you can hook the other way and lift their leg up allowing you to get underneath them to roll them back the other way… straight into the modified mount.
All of the above was drilled, with an exercise at the end to potentially work different head lock escapes based on what the person holding you were doing. Surprisingly, the options available were numerous and combinations were plentiful.
At the end we spoke more about head lock philosophy which lead into jiu-jitsu philosophy and were encouraged to do more headlock drills in our sparring.
My thoughts, this was a nice addition following on from last week, knife ambushes, baton attacks and head locks does it get much nastier? For now i am thankful I have something to potentially answer some of those questions…
“Tapping out”