It sounds like you have a weak grip-
does your grip break down after rolling for a few minutes?
Do your hands shake?
do you have callouses?
Do you take any fish oil?
How active are you outside of rolling?
do yo work with your hands?
do you have hands that are long and thin like a musician?
A weak grip is a sign of some lack of conditioning, if you ever try to write something
down after rolling for even two minutes you will see what I mean.
Lactic acid builds up pretty quickly in the forearm and hands and can become somewhat painful.
Ice, Ice baths, judicious use of tape- either taping the fingers together or the wrist can help.
So can giving your hands adequate time, help to recover. Fish oil other anti anti inflammatory
do help as well.
It might be the volume of your training- did you suddenly ramp up to the volume you train at now?
and lastly what is your callouses and grooming like?
I regularly groom the callouses so they dont rip- or become too large/rough that they catch in the gi.
From years of Judo and wrestling I have a grip of Iron.
rarely does it fail in strength training- and having a physical job does not hurt either.
I would suggest trying to help your hands with some recovery- ice, ibuprofen fish oil msm what ever.
and also try to work on your grip strength.
and practice your monkey, gable and other grips- it might be simply that they are not that intuitive and take time.
As Far as Gi vs no Gi - I value the Gi- and feel all technique can be based out of the gi work.
Too often No-gi students want to roll , and fail to practice and get their “reps” in.
Thx for posting, though I don’t think your right about my grip, sure it could be a lot stronger, but weak, no.
I rarely find my grip breaking down and when it does it’s after hours of rolling or as mentioned before, when I do a lot of gi chokes and I know what you mean by trying to write after rolling, though I don’t have that problem.
My fingers are a bit shorter than normal i guess, large, rough and my callouses are looking good…
Regarding fish oils I actually consume quite a lot, somewhere between 20 and 30g/day.
It’s not so much my hands that are the problem, it’s my fingers, more precisely the first joint in the fingers, the second joint is also somewhat sore but doesn’t compare to the first.
One of the guys at our school is insanely hard to submit, even when you have a clean choke he is able to hold it for minutes before he subs… now I might not be a black belt, but I know how to make a choke and this guy just don’t go down…
Now this guy also happens to be one of the guys I roll with the most and I get peoples back a lot, including his, so I try to choke him a lot and I think all that isometric holding might be what is causing the swelling in the joints??
Just looking at what you wrote, it seems to me you are overtraining and not consuming nearly enough macronutrients to recover. To me it looks like you eat at 9 in the morning then train all day and you don’t eat again until 8 at night. If that is the case that is not a good thing.[/quote]
I’m don’t agree with the whole overtraining thing, 80% of the days training time is based on technique, but I do agree 100% that my food intake is not near where it should be… I just find it difficult sometimes… well most times, to prepare the food and all.
It’s not that I don’t like cooking, I actually love it, it’s just that, when I get home, I am WASTED and the prospect of having to cook more than just my dinner really seems hard to overcome… I guess what I need is some easy to do recipes that are both nutritious and easy to take with me.
For the last couple of years I have used JB’s precision nutrition cookbook as my primary source of inspiration when cooking, and when I do make some food to take with me it is almost always his tuna burgers. They are easy to make and taste good, but after a week of tuna burgers they get quite boring and all that mercury containing tuna can’t be all that healthy.
So If you have some good recipes that are easy to do I would appreciate it very much