No More Labor

Labor day will challenge my ability to work… It has been a bit of a rough week for me, a week of crutches, ice, and painkillers.  I always look forward to holiday open mats, and last Monday was no exception.  We had a talented group on the mats and the energy was rolling, like all days I was loving some Jiu Jitsu.  Unfortunately injuries are a part of the game and Monday was my day.  I was attempting to defend an inside leg trip when my knee went the wrong direction, “Pop!”  I rolled on the ground in pain, all I could think was oh no I’m going to be out for awhile, oh and damn this hurts!

I went to the ER, they established is wasn’t broken.  I’m working on getting a MRI scheduled so I can find out what’s wrong and start the process to recovery.  I’m not one to ever miss days at the gym, this week has been extremely tough physically and mentally.  I’m very lucky to have a supportive wife that has waited on me hand and foot and ran the gym.  Bigs thanks to all my upper belts and friends for covering classes and keeping the gym growing while I am out.

I have admittedly had a week long pity party, it’s time to move forward.  I’m ready to get back on the mats tomorrow , I won’t be rolling but I will be soaking up the positive energy of Jiu Jitsu.  I have to get better during this time off, my challenge is to become a better teacher, have a better understanding of Jiu Jitsu, a be a better person through this injury.

Right in the middle of my pity party this weekend I had the news on and watched all these people struggle through these recent natural disasters. Prayers go out to all the storm victims.  It’s easy to get self consumed and think your problems are overwhelming, it’s nice to open your eyes and look around.  The important part in tough times is to always move forward, “If you are going through hell, keep going.” -Winston Churchill


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