Back when I was in the yoga program I got injured during a roundhouse kicking/blocking drill. It was my fault, I was a little too relaxed, I got kicked, and my meniscus tore to the extent that it would get “stuck” so I had to wiggle my knee to “unstick” it and straighten my leg. I had to have the torn segment removed (it looked like crab meat) and go through physical therapy/pilates. (Thanks Dr. Ross and Dr. Suzanne Martin!) It was at least a year before I began to feel semi-normal again. During that time I remember really mourning the loss of ability.
I mentioned it to my instructor, Rodney Yee, who said, ‘Yep, it’s sad, but the loss of ability is one of the hardest things we have to face. I have to face it, we all do.’ I replied, ‘But I just want to do a kip up again.’ He said I had to get used to the fact that I’m not going to be doing kip ups….at least not without re-injuring myself.
He’s probably right…in a way I know my training is sometimes imperfect and probably wearing down my already thin cartiledge. But, I know that I can build strength in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding the joint, and my kip ups feel better than ever.
So, I decided to film it, just in case the day comes when I really can’t do them anymore:)