Yesterday, I went with the family to see my oldest grandson Jimmy Reid (one of the desperados I frequently write about) compete in the Muaythai Warrior's Cup Tournament. It was held at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, N.J. He is the one on the far right.
Jimmy, if you remember my blog on "Pull Toy Granny, is the one who asked me to punch him in the face in order for him to practice his moves, needless to say, I wasn't a willing opponent. Well he has been training hard these past few years and I had a chance to see what Muaythai was. After reaching the rec center, we left him with his trainer and then went out to eat. When I'm nervous, I eat a lot and let me tell you, I was nervous. I will need to live at the gym this whole week to lose what I gained from the meal.
We paid extra and had front row seats, but unfortunately my son-in-law asked me to use his video camera in order for him to film the fight with his phone. After being married to my daughter for 20 years, he still forgets how tech challenged I am, but I love him anyway.
The tournament started with the welterweights, and I watched as the two young men went through three rounds of punching, kicking, and wrestling. Thankfully, there was no blood, not from them anyway, but I drew some from chewing my fingers, I told you when I'm nervous, I eat. Jimmy was in the middleweight group and was scheduled for round six, but he and his opponent were presented in the fourth round.
I hear my daughter scream out, "Mommy, start the video and make sure it's on record."
"Okay," I reply and turn it on. I was trying to take snapshots with a digital camera in my left hand and her video camera in my right hand. Remember I'm tech challenged and I can't walk and chew gum at the same time.
I'm doing what I thought was a good job of getting all the action recorded while worrying about my grandson getting hurt, luckily he wasn't. Jimmy's opponent was Jordan Mamroud and both young men put up a great fight. I kept checking the video to make sure the record display was still on, but I kind of ignored the low battery display. My grandson won the match and a medal, just as the screen on the video camera went dead.
I glanced back towards my son-in-law and asked, "Is it okay if the screen went blank?"
Well...due to technical difficulties, there is no film, but I do have snapshots from the digital which shows the fight and also the youngest grandson (a player at the age of ten) with the score girls.
There's another tournament in April, I'm going to this one also, but I've been banned from all cameras.