Ok so I have practiced Judo for the best part of 5 years, got up to 3rd kyu. Im not interested in competing, which puts me a little at odds with my club, which is very competition oriented and they train rather hard. Ive previously fractured my forearm just under the elbow training from being exhausted and landing badly after a throw. It's healed well, but the injury thing is relevant to what I want to say going forward. I'm aware Judo can be a demanding sport and martial art, which can be quite harsh on the body, but I am wondering if there is a training methodology problem at my club. This is not meant in disrespect, but I have noticed compared to other clubs I have visited on seminars or other grappling systems that the Judo club I am at has a significantly higher injury rate among athletes. I am 27, nearly 28, one of my fellow training partners is only slightly older than me, trained for the same length of time, and is looking to retire after he fights for his black belt due to a shopping list of injuries including broken limbs and a collar bone requiring surgical reattachment with possible nerve damage to the shoulder. That's one athlete, there are others with broken bones, one whose had his shoulder come out at the socket. I have the rest of my life to live, and if I want to do Judo I need to take care of myself. I am not sure how normal it is or if it is an issue with training intensity and methods. Since I am more looking to train in a recreational manner, as I have previously slipped a disk when I was younger (recovered, but still airing towards caution) I am wondering if i should check another club out and see how they train regularly. I guess my question boils down to if this is just the way the art is or if it's more an environment thing?