Jonathan Forrester, Chief Instructor of the Dawsonville Martial Arts Center in Georgia, just sent me an email about my “Learning the Hard Way” post featuring my bruised foot. Mr. Forrester, a 3rd Dan in Shuri-Ryu, had just trained with Hanshi Ridgely Abele and kindly passed along Hanshi Abele’s opinion of injury:
If you get a bloody nose, a broken finger or toe, a bloody lip, or some teeth sticking through your lip – this is NOT an injury. This should be considered “Body Conditioning”. If a bone is sticking through the skin, then you can claim an injury.
Body conditioning it is, then! I love it.