Skip to main content

Warrior Wednesday - Mouth Guards

[caption id="attachment_11040" align="alignright" width="300"]sword Image created using Bitmoji[/caption]

I was briefly thinking about the gruesome side that I could've went with in writing this post. Given that I write some horror, it could've been pretty gory.

Instead, I decided to talk about mouth guards. Surprisingly, I haven't seen their use in any of the martial arts I've practiced including karate and jiu-jitsu and they probably should be. Now, usually in sport martial arts there are rules against punching in the head, but it really only takes a fall to smash one's face into the mat and mess up one's smile. Tooth repair is expensive and there are better badges of honour to achieve.

In roller derby we always wore them. The first one I had was a cheap one from a department store that is boiled. The protection level was good, but I couldn't talk or drink water with it in. Let's face it, during a game, communication can make all the difference in a win.

Once I could afford to, I switched to a SISU mouth guard. They're thinner and highly protective while allowing drink breaks and speech. A bonus to them is that they only need hot tap water to form and can be easily reformed if your teeth shift.

When you're rolling about on the floor and taking out someone's legs, it's possible one of you will break a tooth.

Kendo doesn't use them here that I'm aware of, but though they get hit in the head with a sword, they don't get hit in the teeth usually. Accidents happen sometimes, of course, but it would probably be overkill to bother with one. The real scare with Kendo is concussions. When one is getting hit repeatedly in the head, even with a helmet on, one can end up with a concussion.

Mouth guards should definitely be used if one is planning an MMA career. One's ears are already going to turn cauliflower, so one might at least be able to chew their steak after a win.

Of course, it's no surprise to me in arts where water breaks are akin to weakness that mouth guards aren't popular. More on that separate issue another day.

Sorry I'm late on this by the way. I'm quite busy trying to get myself employed, so I don't lose my home. It's getting scary. Just a glimpse into my own personal battle right now. This means I'm missing out on the Guelph Spring Iaido and Jodo seminar weekend this year. I'm sad about it, but I'm meeting someone about an internship, which may lead to money down the road. At least, I hope so.

R~

 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

A Lot of Bullspit - 2020 ROW80 R3-W5

This week has had a lot of bullspit in it. Shortly after my last trip to buy reno supplies, I discovered mold in my bathroom. While that's not shocking, it's pretty much because they appear to have left wet drywall in the wall and covered the wall with another layer of drywall instead of properly repairing it after a leak. Geniuses. This is a mixed bag. It means I may have to do the tub area sooner than I expected. It is the same wall as the annoying peeling paint, so that's kind of good. I may just need to replace much of the wall, which is about 1.5 drywall boards because it's a small room. Cost wise, the wall repair isn't so bad. I'm not looking forward to having to deal with it, but I acquired the PPE gear for it and the mold removal supplies. Now, here's where the project may change substantially. I was originally planning to install a tub surround over the tile and then use the Rust Oleum tub restore stuff, but if there is mold in the wall, it's li

November 18, 2020

My DRAWING course is done. I was happy to be learning it, but I am looking forward to not having graded assignments. After this, I will continue another course I started, which is entirely self-paced. I'll continue sharing my drawings on my Instagram: @thewritebuttons   On the HOME front, I have made a lot of progress on my couch project. Really, it will be a loveseat. I finished the sewing portion of the seat section, the wood base, and have nearly finished the wood back for it. I've added wheels to it instead of legs because I want to be able to move it for easy cleaning. Today, I am working on the sewing of the back piece. I acquired all the hardware I needed for attaching everything. I will have a wood skirt to do, which will help everything stay in place. I also have the sofa cover for it, though I will still have to figure out the arms. I'm taking a break on the sewing until thimbles come later this week because I'm tired of pricking my fingers.  As far as MUSIC

Slumps

Image by Ulrike Mai For quite awhile, I was stuck in nearly every area of my life. I couldn't even think up ways to get unstuck. And I was sleeping terribly, so perhaps there is a connection there. Recently, I became unstuck. I don't know how or why, but lately I see a problem and can think up a work around in seconds. I may not have the energy to execute it, but at least I am getting the ideas for when I do have the energy. Maybe it's because I started a gratitude journal or because I'm beginning to see the light at the end of my renovation tunnel. It could be the hope I've felt since the inauguration happened. Who knows, maybe it's coffee. Speaking of renovations, there has been some slight progress on the bathroom front. They took measurements and will hopefully have materials soon. I don't know when, but hopefully soon. I had a look at the floor I was originally going to get and it wasn't available anymore. The one that was just like it had a pattern