A week of observing the pain with rest and mild stretching intended for the pained area is good before going directly to a doctor, if the pain persists and worsens or with swelling obviously go for that doc you'll never know. Don't prolong your agony for more than a week.
I remember my first day training, the son of our coach was a bit cocky (blue belt) kept mocking my kicks and I was having a hard time, like come on that was my first day and what made it worst I accidentally kicked him on his stomach -_-
When I was in elementary my uncle once told me "Don't spit in the air, cause the the spatters come back on your face." Gross in literal but makes sense, it means: don't do stupid things, because you'll pay for them.
It is meant to give extra protection and yes it might seem pointless but hygienically it's still serving it's purpose plus good quality rash guards like this brand and scramble with moisture-wicking technology helps keep you from just soiling under your gi.
Flexibility is something you can work on. I think in the west, we dont pay much attention to flexibility and spend enough time on it. Even though, it can help soooo much
I have been stretching much more now with the lockdown and I feel so much better. Imporved my cardio, technique and I sleep...
I've been training in BJJ for a while. I love reading stuff from the BJJ guru, I learn lots of cool stuff. I was wondering where you guys are reading? And which sites can help me improve my grappling techniques?
Videos on YT are helpful but I think I obsessively went through all of them already...