Long time reader of this sub so firstly want to say a big thanks to all of you who have served, and shared quality information with others on this forum. I imagine a lot more people read than you might think.
On to the topic - I’ve just started Muay Thai training again after a 5-6 year break (previous experience 1 year MT, 5 years Judo). These days I’m a little bit older, and perhaps more cautious than I was as a 21 year old.
I work in a field where intelligence and sharp thinking are critical to my ability to earn a living. Having recently started sparring again, I have given a lot more thought as to how I can keep myself safe and my cognition as undamaged as possible.
The current research on CTE and cumulative brain damage indicates that subconcussive blows over time can be just as damaging as a few bad knockouts.
Now of course I accept risk every time I put pads on and touch gloves, I’m aware of that. I’d be curious to know how you all have dealt with such risk in the past, ways that you have used to keep yourself safe and to ensure you learn and adapt as much as possible without getting into gym wars and going home dizzy.
So far I have just attempted to prioritize learning and working on my defensive skills, and picking good sparring partners, and that’s been good. However due to my size (6ft and about 210) I am commonly paired with heavyweights who are taller and rangier than I am. This results in eating some more shots than I’d like. I train both for fitness and to develop some self defence skills - I am unlikely to ever compete.
Would love to hear some opinions from those far more experienced than I.