How To Become Bullet Proof

In a Lucha Britannia show in 2015 at a the age of 28, a wrestling accident in the ring left me concuss with a torn rotator cuff and separated shoulder. (You can watch video footage of the incident below – I’m the fella in white). For many this would have been the beginning of the end of their wrestling careers, as damage to the surrounding ligaments and tendons would have resulted in a weakened left shoulder, reduced range of motion and susceptibility to further damage down the line.

But as a martial artist & professional wrestler, injuries & injury rehabilitation have been part of my daily life since my teens. I knew how I reacted to my body’s pain signals, what I did to rehabilitate the joint, and how I would go on to condition my shoulder to prepare it for the demands of my sport - would directly affect the frequency and severity of my future levels of discomfort, physical limitations and chronic pain.

So instead of taking the standard approach to injury and accident, of rest & ice, followed by physiotherapy that targets the isolated muscles directly experiencing impairment following injury – I set about fixing the damage through movement sequences that understand that the body is a complex system of interconnected tissues and joints, requiring whole body holistic care.

And I think the results speak for themselves. Today age 31 after 3 further years working as a Professional Wrestler (and counting)… I’m performing more frequently and at a higher level in longer matches with an increased work rate.  During this time I’ve sustained no further major injuries in the ring, I’m learning a one-arm handstand on my left shoulder and it’s now currently stronger than my right shoulder.

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But how does all this relate to you? You’re not a wrestler and you have no intention of attempting stupid stunts in a ring that to any sane person seem risky, inane and down right dumb… Well, my point is this:

If you do any kind of regular physical activity at all, including walking, DIY or domestic chores (which is everyone that is human!) – then it’s more than likely that you’ve sustained an injury at some point in your life. An injury that still gives you a bit of jip, or worse, restricts what you can do with your body in a more major way… perhaps even leaving you with noticeable weakness in the effected joint and surrounding muscles, possibly having lead to further injuries or restrictions in your daily movement patterns and mobility – all of which you may customarily put down to the ageing process.

So the purpose of my story is to deliver some good news.  Age is just a number.  The body is amazing - it can repair and heal in ways that will astound you. You can regain previous levels of physical capacity and even get stronger as the years go by. What you could be capable of doing tomorrow, can be better than what you are capable of doing today. All that is required is a little patience and some thoughtful action.

So what I want from you is this; I want you to stop thinking of your injuries as a problem and something that goes hand-in-hand with an increase in age.  You’re not a broken specimen. Your body is not ‘faulty’. You’re just a regular Homo Sapien in need of a little gentle movement and a physical MOT… and that’s where movement coaching comes in.

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Movement coaching can help you to change the way you react to injury and perceive pain signals.  It can help you to rehabilitate your creaking joints and condition your body to prepare for the demands of daily life. Movement coaching can directly affect the frequency and severity of your future discomforts, physical limitations and chronic pain. With a little awareness, patience and thoughtful action – it’s possible to reverse niggling physical symptoms and gain new levels of strength, mobility and fitness; no matter what your age.

It may take a little time, patience and diligent application of counter intuitive principles - but full healing is available to you.  By working with pain, celebrating it as a learning opportunity rather than working against it, you can discover more about what your body needs day-to-day to feel nourished, energised and alive.

Movement coaching can teach you that pain doesn’t necessarily mean stop doing what your doing. Instead you can learn to see that pain means you should take some time to explore the specificity of the pain and then follow up with appropriate action. Doing nothing in response to pain will simply lead to more pain, but thoughtful engagement with the pain will lead to a reversal of it’s severity, intensity and chronic status.

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So if you are suffering from chronic pain, weakened ligaments, tendons and joints, muscular restrictions, reduced range of motion, fear of risk taking and potential resulting injuries, then do your self a favour and join us for a Movement Class or book a Movement MOT. 

If you want to still be physically active in your 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – start looking after your body now.

Our movement classes, MOT’s and one-to-one coaching will:

  • Show you how to identify the underlying weaknesses in your body and fix them

  • Provide you with tools and ideas to create your own prehab / rehab workout tailored to your specific needs so you can ensure you maintain the strength and mobility you need to live a long and healthy life

  • Give you the skills you need to prevent new injuries and heal existing tissue and tendon damage

  • Help you to understand how reduced range of motion in your body will leave you prone to specific weaknesses and injuries in the future leading to compromised participation in physical activities.

Get in touch to find out how we can help.