Jiu jitsu (Japan) as with other full contact sports and martial arts, requires a great deal of discipline on the proper execution of movements, a great deal of practice for fluid grappling and striking techniques and of course requires the utmost safety in training for the enthusiast as serious injuries can be inflicted while in preparation, in a sparring session or even after a match. These basic principles also applies to the more aggressive counterpart of Japanese Jiu jitsu and that is Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a combat sport with great emphasis on ground grappling and neutralizing skills, commonly applied in mixed martial arts competitions nowadays.
Protect yourself by wearing the right equipment
Being a martial art and combat sport, injuries will occur in Jiu jitsu no matter how hard you trained or how hard you try to avoid them. You can set them at minimal however, provided you have all these protective gear on at all times:
- Mouthguard- for your teeth, tongue and gums
- Groin protection cup- for your manhood
- Earguards- guard against serious ear damage
- Wraps- for your handbones
- Wrestling shoes- for your toes
Common injuries and how to cure them
Provided you have worn the necessary safety equipment above, then the injuries you will incur after a sparring match will be marginal. Should there be any, then it is best you follow these simple approach to get you back into the ring in no time!
- Fatigue– Know your limitations. If you feel sore after a sparring session then it’s best for you to take a moment’s rest and replenish yourself with water until you feel you can go on again.
- Sores / swelling – Ice your injuries and wrap them well. Don’t forget to elevate them to minimize the swelling.
- Abrasions / Scratches- Clean the wound area with soap and water. Use a good antibacterial ointment to aid against infection and put in a good adhesive bandage afterwards.
Serious injuries such as torn ligaments, breaks, dislocations and lacerations are also prevalent but these are usually caused by accidents and can be avoided if you and your sparring partners follow the safety precautions provided by your coach. If you feel you’re hurt, then it’s always best for you to seek out the help of a professional who will help and guide you through the treatment and healing process.
Take note of all the precautionary measures above and follow your coach at all times. Now it’s time for you to get out there and have fun! Call us on (08) 9272 7359 today!