BJJ Poll: What Is the Worst Injury You Have Suffered While Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

by Caleb on November 7, 2009

I think most folks who have followed the FightWorks Podcast for a while know my answer to this one! This poll comes to us courtesy of one of the earliest members of the Mighty 600,000, Ross!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

slideyfoot November 8, 2009 at 6:12 am

I’ve had injuries in two previous martial arts (judo and something called Zhuan Shu Kuan, which is basically kickboxing) that put me out of training for months, but three years into BJJ, nothing that’s kept me off the mat for longer than a week.

I think BJJ gives you a lot greater control over avoiding injury than many other styles, due to the ever-present option of tapping before serious harm, though of course some injuries just hit you out of the blue (like Caleb’s unfortunate warm-up accident).

patrick November 8, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Got the evil three of knee injuries – MCL, ACL and Meniscus tears – which led to surgery! Yea!

Moral of the story? Knees – take really really good care of them.

ninjamurf November 9, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Had a couple of knocks. Hyperextended elbow but I only took about a week off. Pulled some muscles in my neck recently that kept me out for a couple of weeks. My question, Caleb, is what did YOU answer?! Did you actually consider it a BJJ injury? (Or did you consider it a “clumsy guy warming up” injury? LOL)

Jason November 10, 2009 at 4:35 pm

I tore a MCL on a botched take down. Knees are the worst injury.

Caleb November 10, 2009 at 4:40 pm

@ninjamurf – well I was wearing a gi when it happened… :)

Fernando November 11, 2009 at 10:09 am

Partial tear of MCL. A week from the Florida State Championships. Hurt like hell

Franck November 13, 2009 at 10:12 am

hello Caleb
all the injuries that i had ( in retrospect ) were self inflicted : ac joint separation , broken toe , inflamed sternal cartilage , injured wrist for a year and what not ….
I am not a masochistic , but it was mainly linked of me being to tight , or doing a shitty stand up move , pull to hard etc… I literally changed my training approach in order to prioritize fluidity , and for me it changes everything , I did compete in that fashion too and it was OK . I can get more intense during training, and still maintaining a good endurance good positioning and a greater awareness. just flowing with the go. I speak for myself : relaxation is the key… I sure do have some small stuff here and there but it is nothing compared to what I used to have on a regular basis.
peace to all .

Jen November 13, 2009 at 11:19 pm

I’m surprised more haven’t required surgery. Is it that most of the responders simply haven’t been training long enough yet?

John November 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Partial PCL tear with full MCL tear of the knee – no surgery, just months of rehab.
Grade 2-3 tear of AC joint in shoulder – no surgery, just months of rehab.

Repollo November 17, 2009 at 1:42 pm

I had my tibia and fibula broken while training. It kept me off the mat for over a year, but am now back and training. The worst part is that it was totally avoidable, but the other guy was a little overzealous in training.

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