In five weeks I will hit my two year anniversary of consistent BJJ training. In that time there have been a lot of people start BJJ and quit, some of them after just a couple of lessons, some after a longer period. There are also a lot of people who were around from my first abortive try at training who  have left now, and some who were "lifers" that have moved on for whatever reason. Since I train in a student to Read More...

Since I injured my shoulder, I've really thrown myself into rehab and training. In fact, I'm back to doing two-a-days on some days now. So busy that  I haven't really had time between work and training to blog. Well, I have had time, but after several weeks of not training, getting back into a proper schedule has really sapped my energy. All I want to do when  I'm not at the gym is sleep! My return to BJJ has bee Read More...

Working on the assumption that my physiotherapist will say "Wow, you're recovering fast, you should be good to get back to training dead on schedule!", I've started counting down to the Scottish Grappling tournament on the 5th September. As of today, there's 108 days to go. That's plenty of time to get in shape. My first plan - get my diet in check. I'll be logging everything in MyFitnessPal and I'm aiming to eat Read More...

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The last six weeks or so have been pretty rough. I have managed to train through my shoulder injury but not with the same intensity as I would normally train. My diet isn't great, and I haven't been as proactive as I could have been about supplemental training. Missing the British Open has left me feeling pretty down, and getting my first stripe on my blue belt was a wakeup call. I haven't competed at blue belt. I Read More...

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It's been an interesting month for me. I'm still working on rehabbing my shoulder. Last weekend was the first Versus Grappling no-gi tournament of the year. I couldn't enter because of my injury, and there were no women in my division anyway, so I ended up helping out instead. I was time-keeping and score keeping, and taking care of the brackets while my coach refereed on that mat, and then some other guys took car Read More...

It's been three weeks since my first physio appointment. I went back for a check-up today and saw the same physio I saw the first time. Again, since she's really a knee specialist she couldn't do much for me. She asked a few questions about the rehab I'd been doing, checked my strength (slowly getting better) and my range of motion (much better), but was alarmed when I told her about the difficulty I'm having posti Read More...

I had my first physio appointment today. The lady that I spoke to was a knee specialist - which is odd since I was referred to her for a shoulder problem. She did bring in a colleague who specialises in upper limbs for advice, but it made the entire appointment take longer than it should have. I've been advised to remove the shoulder immobiliser and try to avoid using it unless I'm in a lot of pain. I was given som Read More...

Today was my first BJJ lesson back after I dislocated my shoulder on the 25th March. I'm still wearing a shoulder immobiliser, so I can only use one arm, but I've been desperate to get back on the mats. I felt a little silly going in and not really being able to do anything, but people were really encouraging. I worked with Seb, one of the recently returned blue-belts who is nursing a back injury. When we got to so Read More...

Over the last few weeks I've been getting smashed a lot in training. I got my blue belt a few months ago, and I've noticed that the way people some roll with me has changed. Brand new guys are more likely to actually try things on me, instead of treating me like I'm made of glass, and the slightly more experienced people are going a lot harder. The other blues and purples haven't changed how they roll, but it has m Read More...

Active Northumberland is inviting residents to visit one of the local leisure centers or fitness sites, and pick up a fitness bingo card. After collecting a card, you should try to take on the challenges on the card. If you complete nine challenges (and get them signed off by a member of the Active Northumberland team), then you can hand your card in to be entered into a challenge to win free gym membership for thr Read More...