The 2016/2017 IBJJF season was huge for Carlos Farias, an Ultra Heavyweight Roberto Traven black belt with a school in Mesa, AZ. In addition to becoming the #6 ranked overall adult competitor, Carlos was also in the midst of making plans to move his academy to a larger location. These accomplishments stand on their own as extremely impressive, but become even more impressive considering Carlos qualifies for the Masters 3 age division. With all of these positive competition results, Carlos decided to compete at the 2017 World Championships in June. During the event, Carlos suffered a major injury, tearing his triceps muscle. This injury would force Carlos into the operating room and off the competition mats.
One of the biggest challenges for competitive athletes is often knowing when to hit the brakes. This is why many athletes cite injuries as the most challenging aspects of their careers. “I tore my tricep at the IBJJF World Championship in June. At first it was a partial tear, but it worsened and my Doctor said that to continue competing and teaching at the level I want to, surgery was mandatory. It was my first major injury of my career. My surgery was in July. It was a complete replacement of the tendon. Recovery is going great, my physical therapy is helping a lot and I look forward to rolling again as soon as December.”