On reflection I think have to look for a compromise that possibly involves a more personal and tailored approach, with personal guidance and instruction as opposed to class training.
It's the throws and break falling that have the frightful potential to result in serious injury. Seeing a young lad land awkwardly after being thrown by an unsympathetic instructor, and listening to him whimper as his knee joint began to swell yesterday evening, really sobered me up.
I am plagued with the fallout of a series of old injuries and frankly cannot face the thought of dealing with another. Particularly after putting so much effort into recovering my health and fitness after lumbar surgery.
One expects and accepts the odd knock or bruise and the occasional pulled muscle, but serious injuries are a different matter all together and assume greater relevance the older you get as it now takes me so long to recover from the most minor damage.
Judo is a contact sport and as with all activities like this there inevitably comes a time when one is dealing and managing with injuries. All the guys I’ve spoken to at the club have experienced serious injury, broken collar bones, CL tears and various other long term ailments.
I think I may look at the possibility of taking personal instruction back at BJJ at The Faktory. It may be that I need to find a pal or like minded martial artist who I could partner up with and take lessons once a week or so in more controlled and manageable environment and then see how that develops.