I wrote about it previously here and here and here.
Well, I got injured again recently.
|The hot new accessory ALL THE COOL KIDS are wearing these days.|
My teacher teaches nunchaku. That is, how to use them for real, not tricking. I haven't studied using the weapon yet - that's in my kobudo weapons future still - but I respect the weapon in the hands of people who know how to use them and I do enjoy using various weapons I do know against them.
The thing when sparring against nunchaku with a weapon like the arnis stick is that you have to close very quickly in order to negate the speed and power it has in its ideal range. You will probably get hit - and if they're the real deal that is gonna hurt - but the idea is to get hit in someplace not very vital (like the meat of the arm or leg). I have been successful blocking as I close, then using my alive hand to trap or disarm the nunchaku guy.
The thing is, timing vs. nunchaku is very important, and I've been pretty good in that regard (nunchaku aren't a very... subtle... weapon).
The other day, well, not so much. My timing was off, and I missed my block, and the nunchaku came down and hit me on the tip of my pinkie and ring finger of my left hand at full speed as I reached out to check. I got what we typically would call "jammed fingers", but the doc calls a sprain and contusion. My fingers are stiff, swollen, and painful.
|Making a fist. Yes, that's as good as it gets right now.|
Went to the doc, confirmed it's just a sprain and a contusion ("just" a sprain - it still hurts a lot, but grateful it wasn't more damage than it is). I keep it in the splint when I need to protect it, but I also need to exercise it daily so it doesn't stiffen up and become a problem.
So, while I recover, I can still practice and teach Arnis and kobudo.
I can use my right hand - I am right handed, so that's a good thing. I can practice my bo and tonfa forms empty handed (just working on the motions and footwork - the footwork of the new tonfa form is very difficult for me, actually, so I should spend time there). And of course, my brain still works!
|Oh, surely it's better than that, right?|
I won't deny it's a real pain in the... um...
Tell me about a time you got an injury, and how you worked through it. What did you do differently? What did you learn?