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With proper hip throwing technique, I consistently lifted a 260 lbs off the floor at least five times and I didn’t injury myself.  Because of all the intense stretching, iyengar yoga,  I have been doing outside of bjj twice a week, the stretching is now paying off in reducing injuries. I also have a lot less back pain.  A general observation is that I noticed that when I go beyond three times a week of jiu jitsu practice, my body starts getting chewed up or injured.

This month, we are working on jiu jitsu ground defense.  We learned keeping the elbows in and the hands cupped under the chin. If you’re not taking advanced grappling, your sparring game will develop slowly.

On Friday, A dermatologist took two biopsies, one from my face and one from forehead. a little smaller than a quarter-inch square.  Sort of shocked by it all. I tan easy.  The results will be in next week.

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This week, I went to grappling techniques class.  It was at headquarters on Tuesday morning at 10:00 am.  While training, a three striped purple belt showed up late and asked my practice partner, a brown belt, if he could join our group.  He said okay.  As soon as it was my turn to practice the move with the new comer, he started causing me pain.  I didn’t say anything.  I thought it to be bad manners.

While practicing a new move, he was overly aggressive, I would say almost pissed.  I could feel my right shoulder buckle and the pain started.  At that point, I then immediately stopped and told the guy I was only interested in technique.  I didn’t have to communicate this to the brown belt. He lightened up, but it was too late for my shoulder.  Fortunately,  I think the injury was just a torn muscle.

I am trying not to hold onto anger or to be vengeful. I am focused on winning.

In order to avoid injury I advise the following, to minimize injuries, communicate right away 1)  Introduce yourself.  2) Tell them that you’re trying to do the move without power and in control. 3) Tap immediately if you feel pain. Don’t wait until it is too late.

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Until my lower back is healthy, I am staying on the side line; however, I am planning to return to training on the mat after Memorial Day.  I found a great video on you tube made by Rener Gracie, 4th degree blackbelt and grandson of Master Helio Gracie, for lower back injury prevention.  When Rener was young,  he was  in a bad accident which caused a spinal injury, a herniated disk.  A herniated disk is very painful.   As per the video, Rener had to rest for ten months before he could return to the mat.   I started doing the strength exercises with the rubber ball just as in the video.  In the last couple of days, I am feeling a lot better.  I will be definitely adding these exercises as part of my regular strength training.   Also, the information from Non-Surgical Spine Care Center, Mountain Valley, California, http://www.nospinesurgery.com,  and the various treatments is good to know that they are available.

Check out his you tube link,

Core Strengthening – Lower Back Injury Prevention with Rener Gracie

.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mru33xLcDE

Rener has tremendous passion for Jiu Jitsu.   A few months ago,  he gave a seminar at Valente Brothers of North Miami Beach, Florida, which I attended, on the Triangle Choke.   It was valuable.  It totally changed my view of the Triangle Choke.   I used to avoid it, but now it is a move I would attempt during sparring if the opportunity was available.

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