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Muay Thai, muy doloroso!

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Phanuwat “Coke” Chunhawat (L) vs. Rami Ibrahim.

Muay Thai fighting is no sport for old men. I know. I’m 42 and I’ve been training for
“the art of eight limbs” at least five days a week for the last 10 months. Competition is a nearly impossible standard for somebody my age, with my late start, to reach.

Today I am rehabbing a knee injury that occurred three days ago while I was doing chin-ups and whacked said member into a steel exercise machine. The next day was my day off training, then yesterday I did four miles of cross country running with little pain or difficulty. Today it is 15 degrees colder outside, 26 degrees Fahrenheit here in Boston, and I tried to run again but aborted the mission and decided to give the left knee another day of rest.

I feel deeply guilty about missing this one day of training. Which is stupid because I work hard and push myself to get better generally, even though I have nothing specific to train for. Oh, to be spry and 35 again, like my Kru Coke Chunhawat, pictured above in the red gloves!

Written by webster71

March 3, 2014 at 18:22

Name this fighter!

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I’ve been sick and unable to train this week, so in my free time I’ve put together a semi-scientific opinion poll (below) that will allow you, my dear readers and friends, to determine what my fighter’s nickname will be as I proceed in the great sport of Muay Thai kickboxing.

Opinion research is one of many industries I’ve toiled for in the past, long before the sad events that brought about my status as a desperately unsuccessful author. Corporate copywriting is another. Copywriters are frequently tasked with naming products and services. So I know what I’m doing. As Matthew Polly describes in his lovely book Tapped Out, there is a superstition in fight sports against giving yourself a nickname, so I’m offering this multiple choice poll as a compromise.

To give you some ideas about my character before choosing a moniker, I’m 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weigh a natural 155 pounds. I speak French well and German conversationally, started training for martial arts only nine months ago, and neither I nor anyone else will have a clue if I’m any good at it until the time comes to step over the ropes and compete, presuming that ever happens.

I need your vote to make this work! The more the merrier. Please share with friends if you feel like it.

Written by webster71

January 23, 2014 at 18:11

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