Martial arts matches -- 11/06/11
A few months ago Jeremy began studying martial arts -- specifically learning Muay Thai (Thai kick-boxing). He has really gotten into it -- and into the best physical shape in his life. Not only that, he continues to keep getting into even better shape all the time.
He got started because friends were trying it out and he was looking to improve his fitness. He has certainly accomplished that.
Last night I went with him (and some of his friends) down to Mystic (Connecticut) to the Mystic Marriott Hotel where their main ballroom was temporarily turned into a kick-boxing venue for several hundred enthusiastic fans.
Jeremy started Muay Thai for fitness, but now he is saying that he could see entering into actual competition sometime in the next four or five years. I might have once tried to talk him out of that, but having seen these matches, I can understand his desire to experience it. (Also, I know those are not very clear pictures, but I think you can see that they are wearing protective headgear.)
Of course, I really need to be training for the Thanksgiving morning Newport Pie Run -- a five mile race -- but I have a cold and a considerable amount of aches and pains. I have still have some lower back pain from (I think) splitting a bunch of firewood a couple of weeks ago and a major problem with my left arm & shoulder. My guess is that when that shelf full of books attacked my left hand, it not only cut my finger, it also yanked very hard on my arm. This is the same left shoulder that had me seeing a chiropractor three or four years ago and also getting physical therapy for it maybe two years ago. So I guess my left arm/shoulder is a bit of weak spot for me, one that is more easily injured than other parts of me. If I recall, those other times resulted from dumb stuff like dumping my bicycle, so those were my shoulder absorbing an impact, and this time is more like being suddenly pulled. Anyway, it isn't getting better -- I can't sleep on my left side without pain -- and it bothers me at other times as well, so I'm planning on calling the chiropractor first thing Monday morning to make an appointment.
In case you are wondering why my first choice is a chiropractor over seeing an orthopedic specialist, my theory is that both the chiropractic treatments and the physical therapy (which was prescribed by an orthopedic specialist) helped, but the chiropractic treatments helped faster and also helped the rest of my back, not just one shoulder. (And if, after looking at x-rays, my chiropractor thinks I need to see an orthopedic specialist, he will tell me so.)