So it's been a while since I posted. A lot of things have happened since March. For some time I have been plagued with a knee injury. It is probably due to wear and tear over the years. My knee felt quite loose whenever I would spar and I kept re-injuring it. Every time I squatted down low the knee would move out of alignment so that I had to extend my leg to "pop" it back into place again. It felt like a dislocation.
Along with the knee problem I have also had a neck injury for over a year. After each training session I could barely lift my head from the pillow when waking up the next day. The muscles in my neck were so strained. With these two injuries holding me back I just felt my body was falling apart so decided to take a long time off training. In the past, I've only ever taken a few weeks off training and that was when I broke my foot. I decided to take 2 to 3 months off this time to let my body heal. 3 weeks into the recuperation, I believe it was the best decision and I should have done it much sooner.
I've also subscribed to yogaforbjj.com, which I will write a review on later down the line. Suffice it to say that it has really helped my recovery and I stretch almost every night.
Today I went to the hospital that has a reputation as the best knee specialist in Nagoya. My son also has knee problems so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and get us both sorted out. The doctor said that I have probably stretched my MCL but no tear. My bones are fine but I will get an MRI next week. My son on the other hand has problems with his meniscus, it is either too large or is impeding the movement of his knee, which prevents him from fully extending his leg. He will probably need an operation.
Each day I feel better in my body and hope to recover fully to resume training as soon as possible. I really miss how stimulating BJJ is and how fun it is to roll around on the floor with another human being!