May 19, 2008

Little Known Hazard

One of the most common ongoing injuries I've come to expect training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an almost perpetual series of mat burns on my feet, ankles and knees. It's not that surprising, really, because the mats are basically plastic versions of the Japanese tatami mats I became accustomed to living in Tokyo. For a close-up of what a zebra mat looks like, GO HERE. If you run your bare feet across those mats enough times, you're almost guaranteed to get a burn.

Right now, I have several burns on both feet, and the only real way to continue training without having the burns break open and bleed all over the mats is to put band-aids over the burns and then secure the band aids by wrapping your foot in athletic tape.

Melissa had the presence of mind to sneak into the living room after I got back from class tonight, and snap this flattering picture of me removing my athletic tape and band-aids.


Makes me wince just looking at it.

Posted by Ryan at May 19, 2008 09:04 PM | TrackBack

Looks like you need a little carpet cleaning!!LOL. Just kidding

Posted by: Bob at May 20, 2008 01:45 PM

Heh. I noticed that, too, but it only looks that way in the picture. The camera flash made the shadow of our circular coffee table (not in the frame) appear on the rug, making the rug look pretty filthy.

I assure you, I'm a pig, but I'm not THAT much of a pig.

Posted by: Ryan at May 20, 2008 02:23 PM

I once had a girlfriend tell me that the rug burns on her knees were from Jiu-Jitsu...tossed the bitch out on the street.

It's Jook Lum in the Swiftee compound or the road.

Posted by: swiftee at May 21, 2008 02:14 PM
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