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There are many types of martial arts.
From Karate to Jiu Jitsu to Muay Thai to Judo.
There are really too many to list.
And with the explosion of mixed martial arts(MMA) and the UFC, enrollment rates for all various kinds of martial arts are at an all time high.
But here`s the thing…
With any sort of hand to hand combat sport, there comes the risk of injury.
If you are suffering from elbow pain is judo induced, then you have landed on the right page because …
I am going to reveal to you a very simple and easy trick to put your elbow pain to bed, once and for all.
Before I get straight to the tips, it is important to first learn the reasons why you are experiencing pain in your elbow from judo.
To put it another way…what is the source of your agony and discomfort.
It basically comes to the amount of gripping, squeezing and pulling that is involved from judo grappling.
To be successful in the sport of judo, grip strength is what can really separate the boys from the men.
And this can be applied and said for all forms of martial arts that implements any form of grappling or throwing techniques.
Without being able to maintain a strong grip on your opponent, you stand little chance of a pin or a throw.
But here is what you must understand …
The constant gripping and squeezing required for your sport, can overtime cause strain, stress and inflammation on muscle structures that lead to and connect at your elbow.
And the most common injury reported by individuals involved in judo is tennis elbow.
Perhaps you are experiencing some of the most common symptoms associated with this condition.
And if you especially have sharp elbow pain that comes and goes, read the top 9 reasons why.
To be more specific, when squeeze and make a fist, it is your forearm extensors and flexors that are engaged .
The more gripping and squeezing you do, the higher the chance that you cause wear and tear of these forearm extensors.
And more importantly …
The lateral extensor tendon which attaches at your elbow.
In order to fully understand and confirm your injury, perform this little test.
First confirm that the pain you are experiencing is located on the outside of your elbow of your affected arm.
If you press down firmly, it should be extremely tender and painful to touch.
Secondly, if you extend your arm out in front of you and let your wrist fall so that your fingers are pointing to the ground. Then reach around with your other hand and grip your fingers. Try extending your hand upwards while using resistance with your other hand.
I also recommend checking out our friends over at Improvemyjudo`s website. They also have some great tips for easing elbow discomfort from judo.
Has the pain in your elbow increased or gradually been getting worse?
If the answer is “Yes”…
Then you are suffering from the most common elbow injury that affects judo athletes – tennis elbow.
Check out this video for 4 other quick tests to help you diagnose your injury:
Just because you do not play tennis, does not mean you can not suffer from tennis elbow.
The name originates from the first ever diagnoses.
From an individual who suffered his injury from playing tennis.
It is no more complicated than that.
So what is a simple trick to help improve your grip and strength and start erasing your elbow pain.
It is actually less complicated and cheaper than you think.
For 99% of individuals who suffer with elbow pain and injuries, they have muscle imbalances in their arms.
Forearms are weak and biceps/triceps are strong.
Luckily there is a simple exercise that will dramatically accelerate your recovery from elbow pain and improve your grip strength immensely.
And the best part …
Is that you only need a towel and a strong bar that can hold your body weight.
As you can see in the picture below, all you need to do is wrap your towel around a high parallel bar that can hold your weight.
The easiest place to find a bar like this is in a fitness studio or gym.
They are also readily available in childrens`s playgrounds.
But here is what you must understand…
You will most likely only be able to hang from the towel and not be able to perform 1 repetition.
But do not give up!
This exercise puts extreme force and strain on your forearm flexors and extensors.
Even if you are bit of a gym rat like myself and are able to do pull ups with ease using just the bar, I guarantee you will struggle using a towel.
It is a completely different animal.
But this is why it is SO EFFECTIVE in improving grip strength and erasing your outer elbow pain.
(Tip: If you do not have access to high parallel bar that can hold your weight, you can start out using a vertical bar such as traffic sign post or a steel bar at a playground. You could even tray wrapping the towel around your door knob.)
Your goal should be to work your way up to 10 repetitions.
Then 2 sets of 10 repetitions.
You will need to be patient.
Slow and steady wins the race remember.
Overtime you will see that when you are in a judo match, you will be able to maintain a stronger grip on your opponent for a longer period of time.
After about 6 – 8 weeks of doing these towel pull ups, you and especially your opponent will feel your true and new grip strength.
Your opponents will simply tap out and have virtually no chance against you as you will be able to pin and throw them with ease.
But wait …
What if it is simply impossible for you to do towel pull ups?
Perhaps due to a older injury or some other obstacle that prevents you from doing this exercise…
You maybe wondering …
What are you options?
Luckily there is another option that has helped over 467, 765 people recover from outer elbow pain.
And the best part…
You can heal and recover fast from the comfort of your own home.
We have already learned that the pain you are experiencing on the outer part of your elbow is called tennis elbow.
95% of sufferers get it not on the tennis court but rather performing easy and simple tasks such as hobbies, crafts, sports and even at work.
But the fact is…
It does not matter how you got tennis elbow, what is more important is how quickly recover and stay recovered instead of going through re-injury.
Because let`s be honest, when you overcome an injury, you do not want to get it again.
Wouldn`t you agree?
The fact is – tennis elbow is an injury that can be treated and healed without breaking the bank.
Save yourself the $789 that I spent trying to real in my tennis elbow injury.
I wasted all this money on pain medication, cortisone shots, elbow braces, physio, medical gadgets, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, ultrawave technology…
I literally tried everything on the market.
Yes I admit, some of them gave me pain relief but it was temporary.
But who really wants a temporary fix for their injury?
Would you pay for a temporary fix on your car knowing that in 3 months your car would be back in the garage again?
Of course you wouldn`t!
There is absolutely no need to be running back and forth to Doctors or Physio when there is a simple, 5 step blueprint formula that is 99% guaranteed to work.
And the best part is that you can access this 5 step formula right here.
Just watch the short video tutorial where you will learn exactly what to do and how to get started right now.
is the author of Tennis Elbow Secrets Revealed which has been teaching individuals how to overcome their tennis elbow injury at home since 2005 with over 1,767,986 copies sold.
He is a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Exercise Rehab Specialist based in Vancouver, BC, Canada