As some of you may or may not know there is a photo circling the internet regarding an individual that had his big toe completely severed off of his foot while practicing Jiu Jitsu, i have seen the photo and i will not reprint it here due to the graphic nature of the photo itself.
Apparently Miguel Torres was training with a team mate when his toe got caught in between the mats and got completely severed off, with the toe bone sticking out of his foot , it looked more like carnage you would see in war. It is NOT for the faint of heart or for those with a weak stomach. It is however a 1 in possibly 1,000,000,000,000 chance of that happening. We know injuries are a big part of the sport and we do whatever we can to stay healthy enough to continue training . We have seen countless amounts of ligament tears like ACL or Meniscus injuries, and we have seen the occasional broken arm or dislocated shoulder, but this is a first of it’s kind, completey free of normal circumstances a severed toe is NOT the norm in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
The countless mat hours spent around the world by the millions of students and coaches alike in all grappling sports like wrestling, Judo, Sambo and even martial arts that do not involve grappling but that are practiced in bare feet like Karate, or Kung Fu, never has anything like this happened in the history of all martial arts. And to be completely blunt to go out on a limb, it may never happen again . Why?
Because of the rarity that is this freak accident. While it may seem that now after reading this story, you may become frightened to train in Jiu Jitsu, but think of all of the other hazards in life we face on a daily basis?
The odds of getting struck by lightning on any given day are better than having your toe severed while training Jiu Jitsu.
The following facts were taken from lightningsafety.noaa.gov .
With an estimated population of the United States being 310,000,000 the odds of getting struck by lightning are 1/1,000,000.
The odds of getting struck by lightning are greater than the odds of having a toe or digit being severed training in Jiu Jitsu. The key is to train safe and be aware of your surroundings at all times to avoid freak accidents like the aforementioned above. While we may never escape any injury in our sport , we can minimize it by training smarter, and not necessarily harder.
If after reading this article you still have the desire to see the severed toe, please be aware it is not for the faint of heart or for those with a weak stomach, let that be your last warning and if you still have the desire to see , i shall provide a link.
I tried to warn you, but if you absolutely must see the toe , click the link.
Stay safe and happy rolling !!