Continue Going To Class!
Ok so I lied. I still went to the gym. Yes it sucked having to sit on the sidelines and not being able to drill and roll but it gave me a different perspective on the curriculum. Since I couldn’t drill the moves myself I was able to watch my training partners and analyze their movements. By analyzing others I was able to see openings and small details that I hadn’t noticed before. Once I wen’t back to class I was able to jump right in and not be left behind. My first day back I didn’t feel lost at all and was able to actually show some key details of the techniques to other people.
Showing up and watching the class train also helped me keep my routine. The number one reason why I see people stop practicing Jiu Jitsu is lack of routine. This is one area where most “regular” gyms fail. There is no one there to keep you in check and there is no set schedule. You can go whenever you want to which normally is never. By having a routine and sticking to it your Jiu Jitsu class becomes part of your life. If you have to miss class you feel weird.
So there you go! Four things that you can do in case of injury and still train Jiu Jitsu. If you have any ideas of your own please post them in the comments below. I am always looking for ways outside of class to improve my game and would love to hear what everyone has to say!