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Schwarzfahrer
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Just wamted to make sure to be part of the more insane chapter of this monster thread-derail.

@Blaze
how's it going, fighter? Happily munching punches?

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legendaryblaze
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The owner of the kickboxing place was really pushy on buying his club's shorts so I bailed. Was a good place but fuck that noise.
For now I'm doing gpp (weights and running). When I go back home come this fall I'll be doing judo and boxing. Cheaper, and less bullshit.


edit: I learned a lot in my short time there. I even got to beat up a 35 year old who was a complete newb. YAY ME.

double edit: There is actually a really good place nearby that does muay thai+grappling+etc but I am a broke student and can't currently afford it. If I make some more cash I may start going but it's only 2 months till I start doing judo and boxing again, for good.

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Robert A wrote:
I agree having to deal with getting hit, specifically punched in the face seems to be a hell of a lot more "real". I would actually like Blaze and Rich's take on this since they have backgrounds in striking that barred punching to the face. I think it is pretty damn easy to go down the "No True Scotsman" rabbit hole when trying to dismiss one type of conflict, but not another.

Defining what is "really" a fight is more about what contests we value. I tend to just be pedantic enough to say that if both people were really trying to win via hurting the other one it was real enough.

The other option is we only count real, honest, kill the bastard, combat.

Regards,

Robert A



Being a shorter guy, I would get kicked or knee to the face as opposed to punched or elbowed, so that may change things somewhat, as opposed to someone who is tall enough that it wasn't that big of an issue.
That being said, I never had any issues being punched in the face but yes it does feel more "real". The only "issue" I ever had with it [punches to face] was due to a flinch that I developed in my early teens when I took a soccer ball to the [open] eye that I had not seen coming.
In Kyokushin: being 2 inches from the guy as you both try to cave in each other's chest, ribs and legs, I'd have to say it's a little silly. I remember when I had been doing boxing for a little while in one city, and went back to visit my family and dropped by at my kyokushin dojo. I had one of the black belts I was sparring with mention how weird my guard was. When I changed it back to the kyokushin one: front completely open, sides protected, I felt very exposed to frontal punches.

In any case, anything connecting with your head/face is definitely gonna leave more of an impression than other parts of your body, except maybe the groin.

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