We get injured ever so often. So how do we deal with it? Just last week I stubbed by right big toe, which hurts like hell now but life goes on. We all will get injured with or without marital arts experience Injuries are inescapable part of life, there is no ‘like it or not’, it just happens.
The body is amazing in the ability to get injured in the most bizarre manner,and yet heal. it’s a matter of patience and getting out-of-the-way of the body’s healing process. It’s also a manner of accepting the injuries and allow the injuries to fully realise before the healing can begin. sometime, we got injured and ignore or deny that it has happened, and act tough, pretend to go on with life as normal, enduring the pain as a kind of masochism.
Yes, masochism has its place to a certain degree. when you need to endure the pain and push yourself to the limit to achieve a goal, when that has been realised, is the body given time to heal? healing time is down time. without down time, there is no time to get up 100%. For example, i often take hard ukemi and not all the time i land nicely, protected. sometimes, my ribs absorbed the impact. I can feel the shock travel and spread across my torso. and ‘oh shit.’ thought flashed quickly. When that happens, I need to schedule down time for my body to carry out the normal and extraordinary maintainance and repair. Yes, our body does that, we just need to leave our body alone sometimes to have that happen.
I treat my body like my uke, with understanding and equanimity. I don;t see an injury as the result of a stupid move or a bad fall. we are humans, and clumsiness is our genes. An injury is another way to learn how our body works. It’s not a hostile ‘thing’ which i fix. Over time , I will get better, because the body will heal. I just need to nudge it a little encourage it with some creams and medications, other than that, leave the body alone to heal. the injury will come and pass, like my uke. nothing stays forever, not our well-being, neither does our injury. For me, a little patience, love and understanding is the best remedy for any injuries or ailments, because afterall it is your own body.