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Watching a teenager go down in a screaming heap

Last night I watched a teenager go down in a screaming heap. Literally. And, it was no-one's fault.

My 15y/o son was at a 'belt grading' for his self Jujitsu defence group here in Canberra.

Proud parents, more junior belts, and the black-belt and Dan (higher than black) leaders were watching as a one-on-one bout was being staged between a teenage blue-belt and an adult black-belt. The idea was for the blue-belt to contain the 'attack' of the aggressor and obtain a throw, hold, or 'submission'.

As the male teenage blue-belt put in a throw, in the blink of an eye he was writhing on the floor.

It appeared that the teenage blue-belt had 'rolled' his legs, then the black-belt fell across his legs and dislocated one of the lower right leg bones at the knee. OUCH!

The grading was halted as leaders experienced in first-aid immobilised the leg and applied a splint, and held the leg still until an ambulance arrived. In those few minutes the young man was recovered enough to joke with his fellow gradees and the leaders.

However, it looked to me like it was going to be a significant recovery time.

I'll keep you informed.

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