Ed-vise: Training Partner

An aching arm GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, should hurts from getting the booster Modera. It’s not so much the shot I don’t like, it’s the ache I feel afterwards and the trouble sleeping because of the pain when I roll onto that side! Ugh!

Think About it Thursday Ed-vise today. Cause it’s THURSDAY! Time to THINK!

I saw an article on the abc7news website.

It was about a police officer that died in a training “accident.” Note the quotation marks.

Apparently, he and another officer were conducting hand to hand type training. Grappling. Well, the one officer that died ended up with a spinal cord injury. Then, subsequently stopped breathing and died. Attempts were made to revive him but they failed.


I have a pretty good idea that the officers were involved in a level of jiu jitsu. The article referred to it as “Grappling.” I doubt it was wrestling type grappling (non-submission type) because I doubt any of them wrestled. Further, jiu jitsu is highly recommended by experts and myself for police agencies. In fact, I say it would reduce the use of force issues.

What happened to cause that injury? One, a loss of control by the instructor! It sits at his doorstep. The instructor has a purpose in addition to teaching: controlling the level of intensity AND making sure to watch out for others “rolling.”

So, if the instructor lost control of the intensity level, then I will bet you the victim was slammed to the ground and landed on his head resulting in a broken neck.

If the instructor was not paying attention to the other “grapplers” then a group could have rolled on top of the victim and, again, broke his neck.

Either way, this sits at the instructors doorstep.

I do NOT consider this an accident. I think calling it an accident minimizes the impact of the negligent conduct on behalf of the instructor.

However, there is another person who should NOT get off whatsoever: the victims training partner!

It is the responsibility (and I fully believe this) to protect their training partner! Yes, you are engaged in an attempt to submit the person. SUBMIT…NOT injured! Your training partner (uke) needs to trust you. They need to believe that you will not end their jits journey. If they don’t, then YOU do not grow. YOU do not learn because you are always in fight mode because your uke does not trust you.

Now, the uke does have an obligation to know their limits and tap. Tap early; tap often is what I always coach. It has allowed me to stay active on the mat despite the aches and pains I feel.

In a nutshell, TAKE CARE of your uke. No matter how much you think they suck, they make you better!

I’m just saying

That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember never challenge Death to a pillow fight. You could not handle the…REAPER CUSHIONS! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…Damn that’s good


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