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By Dr Marc Barton, chief instructor at Kingston Jiu Jitsu After more than a year of disruptions, we are finally daring to hope that jiu-jitsu life will get back to normal soon. But with so much time away from the mats, there are many pitfalls to avoid as you start training again. Before leaving the medical profession to teach jiu-jitsu full time, I was a doctor working in the Accident and Emergency department of a busy London hospital. It was an incredibly stressful job, and involved, as you can imagine, a lot of harrowing scenes. While many of my colleagues...

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By Sam Sheriff Some challenges are a lot tougher than you think they will be. But because they’re super tough, they end up being the most rewarding. Back in 2010 we were raising money to build a new memorial garden at 45 Commando to give the lads, family and friends a place to reflect and remember. Everyone was getting involved, doing what they could to raise money. I wanted to do something that hadn’t been done before, but also that was a fitting tribute to the Royal Marines. As a physical training instructor climbing ropes was a big part of...

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By Mark Ormrod MBE, REORG Trustee.Imagine swimming with both of your legs tied together and your dominant hand tied behind your back. That’s what it’s like for me. So I am not really sure what possessed me to pledge to swim 1000 metres in rough, open water. I used to be a very strong swimmer. You have to be when you’re in the Royal Marines. But then I stepped on a landmine back in 2007 and lost both my legs above the knee and my right arm above the elbow. As you can imagine, I lost a lot of my...

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By Lawrence from Rolls and Rehab, injury rehabilitation therapist and mobility specialist Injury prevention is a commonly used term to describe the goal of training with the purpose to prevent injury in sport and daily life. It is worthwhile to understand what we must be aware of and adhere to when it comes to injury prevention, and principles that can guide our decision making when approaching our training. There’s a well-known saying: ‘Prevention is better than a cure’.  The reality that we have to adhere to is risk management. To think we can prevent injury is naive. The only way...

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By Former Special Forces Sergeant Major Gaz Banford Human beings need daily challenges. We may dream of a life of leisure, but that’s all that really is, a dream. It is healthy for us to be challenged on a daily basis – we need it, and we thrive on it, whether we realise it or not. The military gives you this. You have a structure, you have challenging things to do every day. It may seem tough to the outsider, but this kind of life is very rewarding because every day you are being driven out of your comfort zone...

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