Feeling My Age

Henry BJJ Shield 2014 250 I have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2007 and in 2010 I started training every day after returning from the RMNU Headquarters in Tampa, Florida.

During these past 7 years, I have gone from being a 250 pound white belt to a 195 pound purple belt and I have never felt better in my entire life.  BJJ had become my lifestyle where I always found the time to train, learn, and better myself on and off of the mats, without sacrificing time with family.

When my daughters were born I took a week off from training and then I was back on the mats.  As they grew older and we started visiting family in Florida, we would plan our week as to which days we’d hit the parks and which days we’d stay with my parents.  On these days I always made my way out to Tampa or Kissimmee to train BJJ.

Well, due to an unknown health issue that the doctors could not explain, I had been off of the mats for the past 3 weeks.  I had jaundice, my liver was enlarged, and my energy levels were low.  Doctors ran numerous lab test on my blood, which confirmed that my liver enzymes were through the roof, and scans didn’t show any issues with my organs.  My body was telling me that something was wrong and the doctors didn’t have an answer for me.  Over the three weeks, my condition improved and the jaundice was going away.  Since all of the test results came back negative, the doctor gave me approval to get back out on the mats.

Well, this past Tuesday I went back to class.  We drilled mount escapes and I took it easy during the open mat.  The following day I trained with some teammates during an open mat and I was aching the next day.  Today was my first double, where I trained during an open mat session before taking the class, and as I am writing this, I can feel the soreness creeping in.

I knew that getting back on the mats after being off of them for 3-weeks was going to be rough, but I also knew the importance of getting back on to the mats.

Maybe there is a hot tub purchase in the near future.

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