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!”


The great escapes!

Tonight drew a close to the proceedings of escaping the control from cross body/side control. The Academy was is high spirits with the up and coming UFC event this weekend.
The Professor addressed the class on the nights agenda and we swiftly went into the warm up which consisted of self defence moves:
I) neck grab defence 1
2) neck grab defence 2
3) surprise haymaker/punch, inclusive of an initial push into the chest area first.
We ended the warm up with the “safe hands” exercise, which again is to teach us where we can put our arms and almost try to keep them safe.
We recapped the positions of the week and did light drills on those, then moving on to the additions for the lesson, first one being a technique to allow yourself to roll the top person so they are mounted or roll to get into cross body on them. We did this a few times went through the normal questions and then progressed.
The next position involved quite a few adjustments, especially when they have tight control. It involved positioning yourself, mainly your head, underneath them more so you could setup an armpit arm-lock. This required quite a few demonstrations and I only saw the arm-lock after the 2nd or 3rd demonstration. This one was practiced several times and personally it clicked after my training partner on the night gave me some excellent feedback.
Finally the last move of the evening was to counter them placing one knee on you with the intentions of gaining full mount. This is involved an element of head control and manipulation of the top person’s momentum. However, the real prize on this move was the potential ankle-lock at the end. Needless to say this was demonstrated a few times and practiced with extreme caution. The other black belt there on the evening was very detailed in explaining its application.
The details exchanged over the last two weeks plus the previous two weeks, for me, was probably the most valuable in terms of defence from being at the bottom. The white belt journey continues…
“Tapping out!”