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Old 02-10-2005, 09:51 AM   #1
Chris Metcalfe
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Blush! How do you deal with mat burn?

Hi everyone,

I have found that when practicing suwari waza techniques 7 times out of 10 I come out with mat burn on the tops of my feet. Two questions?

1) How do you treat mat burn? (I just use polysporin)

2) How do you avoid mat burn when performing suwari waza techniques? (I know I should stay on my toes but that is easier said than done sometimes, especially when I'm uke)

Thanks

Chris Metcalfe
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Old 02-10-2005, 09:56 AM   #2
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

i was going to suggest stay on your toes....
But in the words of my sensei... "try harder" hehe
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Old 02-10-2005, 10:14 AM   #3
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

try tabis
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Old 02-10-2005, 10:38 AM   #4
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

Yeah...staying on my toes is something that I have problems with sometimes, but otherwise, I've heard/seen a few people wrap their feet...usually more for open sores or such for sanity...and tabi socks are a great idea...or, anykind of sock for that matter, as long as it doesn't violate any dress code for your dojo or such...

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Old 02-10-2005, 12:53 PM   #5
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

whether standing or seated don't drag your feet. It sounds simple enough, but a lot of people find it harder to do than one would think. It all comes down to what our Sensei's always tell us when training.....
"Everything moves together" keep your feet under your center. When body moves feet move to.
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Old 02-10-2005, 03:24 PM   #6
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

For healing: Liquid Skin -- works GREAT even on contact areas (I use it on my hands constantly -- great for nicks and such,too, and doesn't come off in the shower)

For prevention, if you can't keep your toes under, try putting surgical tape on -- wrap your feet for protection. I did that, for a while, until I got used to working on the mats and didn't burn my toes as often.

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Old 02-10-2005, 06:15 PM   #7
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

I hold off crying until I get into the shower and the water hits it. No one can see my tears in there... ;D
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Old 02-10-2005, 06:29 PM   #8
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

Modify your practice so that you don't get it....

Best,

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Old 02-10-2005, 07:38 PM   #9
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

Keeping your toes up is really the only way I can see avoiding it. You might practice "knee walking" (aka. Shikko ho) before and/or after class (once or twice the length of the dojo both forward and backwards) so that you can focus on the toes and the weight distribution instead of a technique.

Just a thought.

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Old 02-11-2005, 02:39 AM   #10
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

i grit my teeth
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Old 02-11-2005, 02:43 AM   #11
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

Quote:
Michael Stuempel wrote:
Keeping your toes up is really the only way I can see avoiding it. You might practice "knee walking" (aka. Shikko ho) before and/or after class (once or twice the length of the dojo both forward and backwards) so that you can focus on the toes and the weight distribution instead of a technique.
This is very good advice considering that improper Shikko is endemic. It's not dragging your feet behind you but up on your toes.

Now mat burn on the bottom of your feet because of tsukuri - all that means is that you are doing it close to correct. A little more practice, a little more toughening and Bob's your uncle.

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Old 02-11-2005, 07:20 AM   #12
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

I've asked this before but since I like to repeat myself...

Where's the best place to get Tabi's? I'd like to have a black pair with nice leather soles for the mat... My biggest problem is that I wear a size 13...

Why can't Bujin make Tabi's?
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Old 02-11-2005, 10:25 AM   #13
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

Condition your feet.
We have exercises for that in our class. They are pretty good exercises.

Go on your hands and knees and swing your legs back and for together on the mats using your toe area for contact. After your done that kick the mats in that position and then go back to the swing again. Eventually you get some nice callouses.
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Old 02-11-2005, 10:29 AM   #14
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

I agree with the guys on not dragging your feet. Sensei has told us many times not to drag our feet on the mat. I guess besides avoiding mat burns, this will definitely help us on the streets when friction from the shoes prevent a smooth flow. Hard to imagine when a technique gets jammed because we can't move properly. Keep up the good habits in training heh..
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Old 02-11-2005, 11:59 AM   #15
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

For healing purposes after the mat burn occurs, you can try (now don't laugh!) udder cream, which is very high in Vit E, and can be found in farm supply stores. Good luck.
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Old 02-12-2005, 12:01 AM   #16
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

classic mat burn...i just grin and bear it
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Old 02-12-2005, 03:26 AM   #17
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

If they're severe I spray them with propolis - a bee product that bees make for protection of their hives. It helps the skin to heal faster and protects it from germs etc.

I use an alcohol solution of propolis, though I recomend oil solutions for sensitive skin - that way there's no extra irritation.

Do check with your doctor or pharmacist for any side-effects.

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Old 02-12-2005, 04:41 AM   #18
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Re: How do you deal with mat burn?

My sensei calls it "live toes" since i've started doing it i've noticed that i dont get any nasty mat burns like i used to do when i was a beginner. Hard to get used to though.
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