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    sparring with a tough guy By flor - 10-10-2010 02:01 PM


    hello everyone! ive recently started training muay thai, about 3 and a half months ago and i have sparred loads of times and always with men, as i am mostly the only girl in the gym.
    the thing is, during this time ive learnt how to attack, and i find it really difficult to block punches and kicks but im in the process of learning. i always work in speed rather than strenght. before starting, i tell them to go easy on me as im a newbie despite the fact i dont look like one. people tend to think i am good at muay thai because of my physical conditions, im in great shape (trained athletics for almost 10 years, competing both national and internationally) but i lack all the technique.
    so, thats the reason i state before sparring to go easy on me. until yesterday, they all have been really sensitive towards this issue and very helpful too, i ask them to point out anything they consider useful, they do and i really appreciate it!
    however, yesterday i was partnered with a guy who was 40 kg heavier than me and 35 cm taller. he is very well trained in this discipline.
    so, before starting, i told him what i wrote above. he said it was ok and then we started. the problem was he hitted me really bad, i wasnt expecting that AT ALL! he punched me in the nose to the point of making my eyes cry! he didnt stop kicking me and punching me in the face. i couldnt do anything but cover my face! then my coach came by and told him to slow down and be careful.
    after that, my partner said: 'come on, dont be afraid'...HOW ON EARTH COULD I NOT BE AFRAID?! he threw me to the ground several times, i got up and continued, had to prove it was no big deal.
    so, my question is, am i overreacting? or should he have been a little more considerate? was it me or perhaps he wasnt used to sparring with women?

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