You need to address hand health as well as hand training.
Soaking your hands in epsom salts can help as well as self massage and liberal use of jow to help heal the hands.
If you abuse something all the time and do not account for rest, you will degrade into injuries, excessive inflammation.
training is training no matter what you are training.
rest needs to be in the equation as well.
I have enjoyed reading the progress of your journey. I am starting a new job this week so hopefully I will be taking a journey myself soon. Have you noticed a difference in the hardness of your forearms? I would imagine the conditioning will help with your BJJ too.
No real difference in my forearms other than the fact that they're stronger (weight-lifting + all the the contracting when I strike the bag). My hands definitely hit the bag harder even though I am relaxed and essentially just letting them fall and hit the bag. I also have not had any real hand injuries since the first few months of my training, whereas when I first started boxing I would have sore hands all the time.
I don't have any real evidence that the training has changed my hands. Won't know that until I attempt a break one day.
Tomorrow I begin striking a bag filled with steel shot. Took a week off to allow any healing that was needed.
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