There might be a practical reason for this. Kyokushin is one of the Don’t ever use the word smart with me shirt also I will do this few karate disciplines in the US that actually does proper, full contact sparring. Turns out, if you punch someone in the head with your fist, you can break it. Indeed, a lot of old timey bareknuckle boxing matches, in the days before rounds, would have primarily body shots, to exhaust the opponent. I would bet that part of it emerged from people not wanting to fuck up their hands in constant sparring & training, whereas kicking someone in the face is less likely to break your foot. Of course, failing to develop good blocking/dodging habits isn’t always a good thing to do, because you can still catch a bolo haymaker on the street, and even if your opponent breaks their hand, that’s still you, lying on the ground, and staring up at the sky as you get your face stomped. Set goals; set them big and small in all areas of life. Stuff you think you want and stuff you want to try. Start accomplishing them. Watch your confidence skyrocket. Watch your focus hone in as you realize that achieving your goals actually feels really fucking good and addicting. Watch as you begin to inch closer towards your purpose. For the puncher, the danger is isolated in damage to your hand. A good fighter who knows he is going to be hit in the face (because the punch got through his defenses or because he was suckered) will purposefully smash his forehead into his opponent’s fist. The forehead is far harder than the bones in your hand. The intention, of course, is to break the hand of the puncher. But you don’t need to be on the receiving end of a head butt to break your fist, or just a couple of knuckles, from punching someone in the face, especially if you hit him several times like a good fighter would. I permanently damaged my right fist when I first started training in martial arts 40 years ago, when I threw a right cross to my opponent’s stomach and hit the hip. I think it split a tendon, and it never healed properly.
That’s it. One good punch to one hard part of the Don’t ever use the word smart with me shirt also I will do this body and you have a lame hand. Ever since then I only use palm strikes, even with my good hand, unless I’m sparring or doing bag work with gloves. I can’t think of any situations that would call for me to sucker punch someone in the face. I’m fairly sure there aren’t any. But if I have to defend myself, I will. It’s been a long long time since I’ve ever had to do that though. But you can/will fall in love with someone from heart again truly Just this time it’s not like that before. That’s all. These things are tough too, I’ve slept with my day bag as a pillow countless times, there’s a lot of wear and tear, but the thing still works fantastically. There is a song called “picked fences” I consider it to be my song. Shelly Wright sings it. It points out how we are taught from birth to crave and follow the same storyline as every woman/person before us. Go to school, get a job, get married, have kids and of course end up in the house with the white picket fence. I have never been that girl. I have always been a runner. Commitment in contract form and tying yourself down to one location forever scares the hell out of me because to me it means you have stopped dreaming at 25. You no longer have anything to truly look forward to. To desire to become. If you are tied down to someone else’s dream (a spouse) you then hold them back if you try to chase yours. Now don’t get me wrong. There is room for love and commitment even at a profoundly deep level with the right partner who values your dreams and goals as much as they value theirs. In that case the only complication is finding the time to make it happen. I guess what I am saying is…..90% of the women out there just want to put a ring on it raise some babies with their husband and raise a family in a nice home and that is a beautiful beautiful dream and goal.