Wednesday, May 4, 2011


If you've been training BJJ or sub grappling for any length of time, chances are you've had some brushes or maybe even some serious head on collisions with the grappler's companion, cauliflower ear.  You're already here at DSTRYR/sg, so there's no need for us to explain this common ailment/fashion statement.  It's part of grappling, just like knee injuries and bouts with ring worm and the periodic staph infection (we'll talk about those on another occasion).

The funny thing about it - I've got some fairly normal looking ears despite 12.5 years of serious BJJ (and even another 4 years of HS wrestling).  Call it luck or genetics, it doesn't really matter.  Cauliflower happens and it happens frequently to a lot of grapplers..  I've seen fresh youngling white belts with less than 6 months of training with ears that resemble fried wontons. 

This isn't a piece about how to deal with your cauliflower situation (for that, see).  That answer is pretty clear - you're supposed to stop training and go see a doctor.  That doctor will probably fix you up and then tell you not to train for a while.  They always says that.  And we (at least me) never listen and just get back on the mat for more training.

Or, you could do this (care of our buddies at Real Rio):

Note:  We're not advising you or nor are we recommending you try this.  If you have an ear problem, tell your mom and she'll take you to the doctor.  Oh, and don't forget your blanky.


  1. Hey, loving the articles that are posted up these days but are you ever going to get back to doing those deep insightful articles? I feel like the posts lack depth these days.

    In the early days of dstryrsg there were lengthier articles that went into various deeper issues. One of the reasons I loved the blog was because it was nice to read insightful reflections from black belts (I remember there being guest posts by your training buddies).

    Would love to have some more indepth stuff!

  2. Alvin - I remember you, bro! Thanks for sticking it out with us. We're still figuring out the right mixture of content. It's tough because nowadays we post many times per day.

    I've got something in the works just for you. We're working on an old school DSTRYR/sg "black belt wisdom" article about the art of rolling with lessor skilled guys and making it good for everyone involved. Applies to us all. Coming soon.

  3. sweet.

    those types of posts were the best imo. it was aesopian that really put me on to this blog.


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