Long time no post…
I stopped training in martial arts about two years ago when I got my new job and moved to a new part of the country. I got into weightlifting and bodybuilding instead. I reckoned my new job was too stressful and time consuming to keep up my training.
Two years down the line and it turns out I’m old. Well only 25, but I certainly feel old. I have been sidelined with a chronically sprained sacroiliac joint and a suspected problem with a disc in my lower back. According to my chiropractor (and I’m not saying I agree with this) weightlifting was a stupid hobby for someone with a spine as long as mine. I have become stupidly inflexible and have done untold damage to my knees, hips and back. I have been banned from the gym and certainly any heavy lifting for the forseeable future while we sort this out.
I have been told though that I need to stay active, so I reckon it’s time to go back to martial arts, my first love so to speak. I am after some advice and recommendations from people training MA either with long term injuries or as a lifelong pursuit (as opposed to trying to turn pro/win olympics/compete at the ADCC etc.). I still have the same goals I had when I used to train- be fit and strong, develop confidence and some self defence skills, have the opportunity to stay competitive at some level.
I’d be interested in any thoughts you guys might have, I remember from when I used to post here a lot there are some really good people here with some great insights, many of whom I reckon are in this position. Some specific questions would be whether stand up or grappling are more likely to be a problem for my back? What sort of strength and conditioning work is appropriate for rehabbing and staying strong for life, rather than in the short term? On the chiro’s recommendation I picked up a copy of Yoga for Men and Pilates for Men (she clearly thought the “for Men” titles would keep me happy), but haven’t started to read them yet. Is there any value in this sort of stuff? I’ve dug out my old Ross Enemait book that I used to use when I was big into BJJ but I reckon that bodyweight training could mess you up just as quickly as weightlifting.
Thanks in advance for any advice.