About six weeks ago, I went in for a check up on my surgically repaired biceps. My doctor told me to not do any jiujitsu for at least a few months. So naturally, I was back on the mat two days after the appointment. I rationalized that if I could secure my arm in place, my biceps would be safe. I MacGyvered a jiujitsu friendly arm brace out of my blue belt by wrapping it around my fully bent arm. The end result looks a bit like a flipper, and I’m very protective over it! In the past six weeks, I’ve said, “Let Go Of My Flipper!” at least a dozen times.
Rolling with one arm is interesting, as it eliminates the possibility of a few of my go to submissions. Trying to maintain a base is laughable. The silver lining is my guard will probably improve, as I’m forced to focus a lot more on hip movement and positioning.