BJJ injuries are not uncommon regardless of your level. We have already discussed possible reasons why your injuries may not be healing. Of course, not resting enough is a major reason for concern in this case. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot make the most out of your time and keep improving in BJJ and in life, even when recovering from an injury that may be preventing you to actively practice on the mat.
Rest and treat your injury
There are some minor injuries that can recover quickly if you treat them well and give them proper care. But there are also some that are more serious and it’s best to let them rest. It is important to see a doctor to identify the severity of your injury. That way, you’ll know from the start what to do.
Watch technique videos
There are plenty of videos online that will allow you to observe certain Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques and moves from different angles and positions. And if you want to keep improving in BJJ while resting, this is a great way to do so. Be as specific as possible when looking for these technique videos so that you can visualize the moves in great detail. This is also a method of learning.
Analyze your own moves
Similarly to the previous point, it would be very helpful to have videos of yourself during competition or training. That way you can watch your own techniques and moves first, so that you can compare more experienced BJJ practitioners with yourself. This type of comparison is not for you to be jealous or feel sorry for yourself, but to clearly see the potentially weak aspects of your moves that you can easily improve when observing them from a different viewpoint.
Spend time with your loved ones
If Jiu Jitsu consumes a large portion of your free time, recovering from an injury is a good opportunity to spend time with your friends and family, and show them how much you appreciate having them in your life. Since Brazilian Jiu Jitsu focuses on your mental and spiritual well-being as well, socializing is also one way to keep improving in BJJ.
Meditate and work on your mental health
Training your mind is the best thing you can do in your free time. Everyone has different methods and beliefs when it comes to doing this. In general, meditation seems to be very helpful. You can also work with a lifestyle coach or simply listen to similar recordings online. Of course, if you have your own way of practicing mindfulness, don’t hesitate to do whatever feels right for you.
In order to keep improving in BJJ even when injured, you should also seek advice from Jiu Jitsu practitioners who are more experienced. Also, don’t hesitate to get more informed about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Gentle Art Dojo. You can also check our available programs and see for yourself whether BJJ may be the right choice for you; especially if you’re looking for something lifechanging and meaningful from a physical activity.