I have often said: “In order to know how to heal you must know how to destroy.” I doubt that I came up with it but it has always described how I feel that Martial Arts and Health and Wellness go hand in hand.
I am from the generation of the Karate Kid and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I am proud to admit it. Watching the UFC in the early days was the vice of choice for my friends and I. We would grapple for hours at a time and would develop all different types of aches and pains. Whether I was getting kicked in the head by a black belt in Tae kwon do, thrown by an experienced judoka, pummeled by a Win Chung master, or just in a very bad head lock by a street fighter friend, I have put my body through an amazing amount of trauma.
There have been times in which I have broken bones although they have not been my own. Ribs and teeth are sometimes the first to go. Most of my injuries have been concussions and soft tissue injuries. From a chiropractor’s point of view it has helped me to understand the painful injuries that are a normal part of a martial artist’s life.
I had the opportunity to train at Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn’s gym tonight. I participated in a Muy Tai Kickboxing class and a grappling and wrestling class as well. It was a lot of fun and I learned a great deal of technique.
The style that I have practiced the longest (Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu) does not typically use mouth guards, boxing gloves, or shin guards for protection but they are very useful in this gym.
If you are a martial artist who lives with pain from trauma sustained during training call today to see how I can help you.
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