Common Martial Arts injuries getting in the way of training

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common martial arts injuriesIt’s been strange time at Enso Martial Arts over the last year or so, myself and Phil, who work in the shop, have both been battling with a number of common martial arts injuries.

Mine has had me flying from China to Hong Kong to have back surgery, to fix a long term but fairly common martial arts injuries and Phil has been dealing with slightly less serious but still common martial arts injuries. And one that affects training massively. He’s had hip issues, foot problems, hand problems, etc. all that comes from heavy training and competition in martial arts.

I have been told I’ll never do martial arts again and certainly can’t do any fast twisting, jumping, running, any movements with impact and post-op am not able to do any stretching apart from physiotherapy which hurts like hell. A slight restriction when I was training in Shaolin Kung fu which involves, running, jumping, stretching, fast twisting, etc.

Phil has still managed to train, but had to take it seriously easy, there’s been times when he can’t punch, or can’t kick, a bit of a problem for a kickboxer and Taekwondo practitioner. Especially when European Championships are looming. Glad to say he managed to achieve a Bronze medal despite this.

So what happens when a tournament is approaching and you have these common martial arts injuries? Well, maybe we can give you some tips from our combined 50 years training in martial arts on how to deal with common martial arts injuries.

Tips on how to deal with common martial arts injuries

1. Take time off – When you get an injury, rest it. Depending on the common martial arts injuries, of course, give it time for it to heal.

2. If you have the money, go see a sports therapist, physiotherapist and get checked over. If it is something recurring, it’s because something is weak, find the exercise that strengthens it. It is boring and repetitive, but trust me it’s better than no training at all, forever. If you can’t afford it, these guys aren’t cheap after all, google it. There is so much information out there, guarantee someone else has had exactly the same issue.

3. Return with ease – When you come back to class, you’ll want to get stuck in and catch up for all that wasted time. Get that out your head, it isn’t wasted time. It’s time well spent on extending your martial arts career. People who have trained for fifty years have done so because they follow these steps, they’re cautious and sensible. Boring again, I know.

3. Don’t be a sissy – When your back and to full health, and free from these common martial arts injuries, don’t be a sissy. You’ll want to change your posture, stance to try and protect your injury. You’ll only make it worse. If it needs protecting you shouldn’t be training or at least doing that exercise. Sit out that part of the session and do the physio exercises you need.

4. Know your body and stand up for yourself. Your instructor, even though they are very supportive, will forgot from time to time you’ve had an injury. They want to motivate you and get you training, but only you know what you can and can’t or more precisely should and shouldn’t do. It’s fine to say you can’t do it, or that you’re sitting this one out. They will respect you for it. If they don’t get a new club.

common martial arts injuries5. No when it’s time to quit – I wish I’d quit when I first ruined my back in Ju Jitsu. But I loved it, I wanted to train everyday and a lot of the time I did. The club was my friends, my social scene, it became my life. If I’d taken my own advice I could still be doing it, my ruined back forced me out. It took me ages to find a new style. But when I found it, it was great. I loved Shaolin Kung Fu, and again,was forced out because of my back. I’ll never do that either. If I had got out and rested properly and got fixed, I may still be able to train now. Get out and get fixed and find something that you can physically do that won’t keep bringing those common martial arts injuries out.

So what’s in store for the future, Well Phil entered anyway, not taking any of my advice at all. Knowing that without it may mean a whole year without being selected. He failed to make the cut in the tournament the injury stopped him from fighting well. He spent a day pretty depressed about a year of no tournaments. However, due to previous accomplishments he was able to get into next year European and World Championships. Hopefully he can become now fix these injuries and get fitness up and weight down. (he’s getting a little plump)

Me I’m sadly still not training and taking things very easy. I have done a bit of Wing Chun in China with a friend, and been slowly building up strength with some upper body body weight exercises. I have plenty of time, it’s a slowly slowly approach no and hopefully I’ll find a style that will suit me.

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