The Benefits of Being Injured
Off the Mat InjuriesSometimes there are things that prevent you from getting on the mat normally. Could be something as severe as a broken limb, or as simple as a bad head cold. This gives you two kinds opportunities. First, if you can go to the dojo (again using the Japanese terminology), you should use this time to watch class. Watch the instructor not from the point of getting the technique right, but instead look at all the other things they do. Pick one small aspect, like foot angle or shoulder position, and watch that point through all the technique applications. Try to notice the little, subtle details of each time they demonstrate the technique, let alone between different techniques. This would be a good thing to record in your martial arts journal. By staying back, and looking at the whole picture, you can sometimes see things that you normally miss up close. Use this time off the mat to practice this wide focus of learning.
Second, If you are laid up at home, then use that time to study the other aspects of the art. There are huge amounts of history and philosophy to sift through in all martial arts. I'm an avid reader of martial arts books. I read books on the arts I practice, I read books on martial philosophy, and I read books on other martial arts. They all build my own understanding of my personalized art. If you are unable to go to the dojo due to injury, you already have that time set aside in your schedule. Use it to read up on your favorite subject.
On the Mat Injuries
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I don't hope or wish injury on anyone, but when the do happen, and they will, find a way to make a positive, learning experience from them.