As anyone who trains Brazilian jiu-jitsu knows, it is very hard to be away from the mats. Due to the bad knee injury I sustained last month, I have been unable to train jiu-jitsu for about 6 weeks, which is torture! So as you can imagine I am dying to do anything that reminds me of training again.
In a desperate attempt to recreate any of the sensations one gets when rolling, I decided I could throw my gi over the top of a jungle gym at a nearby park, lay under it, and grab the arms of the gi to pull myself off the ground. That way it feels as if I am pulling on a jiu-jitsu training partner, and I get to work my grips and some back muscles too.
The perversely gratifying side effect of this exercise is that when you’ve pulled yourself as high as possible, your face is right inside the gi, and it now smells like you’re back on the mats! (Yes, I do always wash my gi after training but there’s always just a little of gi smell that never seems to come out.)
Here’s an advanced technique for this exercise: turn your gi inside out before hanging it over the top of the jungle gym. The rust on the jungle gym tends to smudge onto your gi, leaving suspicious-looking dark brown stains that would take too long to explain to someone you’re about to roll with!
I don’t know if I will come up with any other ground-breaking exercise techniques for the injured jiu-jitsu person, but if I do, I will post them here. In the meantime, count yourself lucky that you are not injured and that you do not look like a weirdo in the park!