Getting injured hurts. Sitting out when you’re injured hurts more.
When I first started Jiu Jitsu in 2011, I was hooked. I couldn’t get enough of it – days and nights at the gym, weekend tournaments.
But with that much training injuries happen.
In the first month I drained my ears three times. From cauliflower ear to fractured fingers, a broken toe to a dislocated shoulder, torn rotator cuff, mcl injuries, sprained ribs, hyperextended elbows, as well as the usual sprains, bruises, cuts and bumps.
I was spending as much time on the sidelines healing as I was on the mats training. Each time I wanted to get back on the mats as soon as I could.
Often my rush to get back resulted in re-injury. My training partners respected my injury of the month, but in the middle of a roll it's hard to remember what injury to avoid. I often thought, “If only I could highlight my injury so my training partner would easily know where it is”.
That's when I came up with the idea of InjurGi. It would be so easy just to say "Hey, please don't attack red".
In early 2018 I had my worst injury to date: a herniated disk which left me on the floor for a year waiting for surgery. This gave me the time I needed to work on my idea and make InjurGi a reality.
So, while I hope you all buy a gi, I also hope that you never need to wear it or at least won't need to wear it long. And if so, my wish is that it can help you train safely and get back to health quickly.
Roll on my friends, roll on!