One of the top lightweights in the BJJ world, Tanquinho had surgery on November 23. But he is already back to training doing light training and some drills with his girlfriend, Mackenzie Dern.
Check out what he had to say on recovering below:
“It’s been a month and a half since surgery and I’m feeling better with every day. I’m making great progress but don’t have a return date yet. I hope to be back in training within three months and maybe even compete at the Worlds by year end,” he said.
“I feel everything happens for a reason; God is always in control. If He picked me to go through what I’ve been going through, it’s because I needed it; I believe He has something good in store for me in the future. I know I’ll be a better man after getting through this latest injury,” he commented.
Tanquinho wrapped up by telling us 5 tips he has to recover quick and well and return to training better than ever.
1. KEEP CALM
One of Jiu-Jitsu’s most useful lessons, in no matter what fight situation, also applies to those suffering from injury. Don’t panic or despair. An injury, even a herniated disc like the one afflicting Augusto Tanquinho, doesn’t mean the end of one’s career or Jiu-Jitsu training.
2. SEEK EXPERT ASSISTANCE
Health isn’t something to take lightly. Jiu-Jitsu teaches you to always seek the best way out. Where injury is concerned, the most efficient solution is to consult a medical specialist, the best one you can find.
3. DON’T GO OFF HALF-COCKED
Trust the “master” you’ve picked to help you get well. Follow the doctor’s orders rigorously, especially during the post-operative stage.
4. PATIENCE, A TRAIT OF JIU-JITSU
Take it slow, be patient! Recovery takes time, and you won’t leave the operating table and be ready to put your gi back on in just a week or a month.
5. PHYSIOTHERAPY IS DISCIPLINE
If you seek to be a better martial artist, nothing puts you to the test more than physiotherapy. Dedicate yourself to the max; it’s time to bolster your body for future battles.