Today is Thursday. That means my body can take a day off before Saturday.
When I wake up on Thursday mornings and realize that it is, in fact, Thursday, I give myself a little, “yes.” That means Muay Thai class is today and it also means that it’s over today. Don’t get me wrong, I love both Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai, it’s just that they take a lot out of me. My days off are Friday and Sunday. The rest of the week I sit here and wonder why it’s so hard to get out of bed.
We had a guest instructor in Muay Thai class today. My instructor’s instructor came in to teach. I acted like I usually act when there is someone in the room that I am unfamiliar with. I tone down my rhetoric just a tad and absorb what’s happening around me. After about 15 minutes or so, when we are all used to each other, I go back to my yelling and exaggerated style. In case you aren’t familiar with a dojo, you are allowed to yell as loud as you want and no one will yell back. It’s nice.
Anyway, we had a great class. It was good to get a different style for an hour or so. Different emphasis and slightly different technique. Both instructors are awesome, so I take in what I can.
After class, both instructors like to have us sit down so they can chat with us for a minute or two. We get the news for the week and usually some reinforcement on why we have all chosen to wake up and assemble where we are and do what we do. They hit the nail on the head when they say things like, “You know, there are a lot of people out there who want to do what we are doing, but we are the ones doing it.” It reminds us of how much effort it takes to keep in shape and learn new things.
Something struck me today during our chat after class. Our guest instructor mentioned something to us along the lines of:
“We are all getting older. It’s almost guaranteed that each one of us will spend some time in a hospital. Throughout life, we need to choose whether that visit will be the result of an active lifestyle or an inactive one.”
I don’t know, it kind of hit home because it’s not something I think of often. Day in and day out, I do what I do. I do it because it’s fun and aggressive, but oftentimes I forget about the health benefits of all this. Our instructor talked about the choices we have. We can spend time in the hospital to repair worn out parts because of activity or we can get operated on because our sedentary lifestyle caught up with us. He also mentioned that eating poorly isn’t going to bring you poor health overnight. It takes years of small bad choices to get you to a place you don’t want to be. Just like going to the gym once isn’t going to put you in shape. It’s a lifestyle.
I think about who I work out with a lot. It’s a huge motivating factor. It would be one thing if I trained with a bunch of thugs who were all in great shape, but I don’t. In both classes, we have people of all shapes and sizes and of all ages. In particular, three people motivate me tremendously. They are:
– A buddy of mine in Jiu Jitsu class who will turn 60 in December. He’s the kind of fellow who would say something like, “You know how you train BJJ after you break your leg? You don’t use that leg.” It’s true, you just work through it. This particular fellow has had two knee surgeries, a finger surgery and most recently a shoulder surgery. He’s back and training with the rest of us. He’s an inspiration and I can only hope to be in his shape when I’m 60. I also hope to be a black belt by that time. Joke. If I’m not, someone please smack me.
– Two women who are in my Muay Thai class. Both are mothers with children who are in their 30s. I haven’t asked their ages and they haven’t volunteered them. Every class, these woman never cease to amaze me. I was working with one of them today and she was throwing punches, elbows, knees and kicks. As I am looking at her do her thing, I thought to myself, “This is someone’s mom. This is someone who chose to wake up and come to class to practice her Muay Thai kick. I love it. The other woman…she’s a trip. The last time I looked at her, she was beating me at push ups. I’ll have to talk to her about that.
Who knows. I guess I think about this stuff more and more as I get older. I had a conversation with someone the other day where I said, “I remember a time when I thought someone who was 40 was old. I thought that being a strong 18 year old, I could beat them in a fight.” Now I know better. That’s not true. Oh how not true that is.
Muay Thai Training – Hardcore