Originally Posted by DirtySix
I hear you on the jiu jitsu being hard on the fingers. I tend to enjoy nogi more because it is easier on the fingers. If you don't already lift weights to supplement your jiu jitsu you should consider working on your grip strength. I find that i have less issue with my fingers when i am strength training vs not. But i know getting caught up in someones gi or mat burn on your fingers does make for painful times on the bass.
What affiliate is your school? I train under the Drysdale jiu jitsu banner. Love it but it's still a battle for me every class so i get beat up quite a bit.
I train at the London Fight Factory, it is a checkmat school.
I only train Gi, do no-Gi here and there but nothing serious, never competed in no-Gi.
I don' really get burns on my fingers anymore, the top of my last knuckle is like leather now, and that's the only place i used to really rip the skin off (spider guard is a nightmare for that!) It is more a muscular/cramping issue from grabbing the Gi to much.
I used to lift a lot before i started BJJ but now I don't find weight lifting helps at all, i have actually stopped lifting on a regular basis, i only do body weight things and yoga daily now and i feel a lot better than when i used to lift.
Training 5 days a week is already pretty tough, lifting on top of that was just a nightmare. Now i lift maybe once a week, maybe less.
Getting beat up is part of the fun! How long have you been training?