I am being cheated out of not getting punched in the face.
Well, today in class when we started fighting down the line in kumite, I heard Shihan bellow "EVEY, GET YOUR GUARD UP" a few times, and I knew I was in for it. When the 5th dan instructor got lined up with me, and he does a really good sinister laugh by the way, Shihan said "work her face over!"
I was treated to one of that godan's famous toothy grins, the kind that never reaches the eyes, and I knew he was going to have fun with this. I got a minute or two of light pummeling to the face. Nothing broken, nothing terribly swollen or anything (I'm still such a noob) but I sure as hell started trying to effectively keep my guard up!
Anyway, I see lots of jokes on here about how Kyokushin never punch to the head, because that's a tournament rule. In my dojo though? Low ranks feint to the face, black belts and up will sure as hell get you in the face if they can.
So people with Kyokushin experience- did they bitchslap you and hit your face in class? Or were class rules tournament rules?
Being hit in the face for me isn't particularly fun, and I'm not craving missing teeth or a broken nose... but I'm VERY happy that we do work on it here. It is not a hole that I want in my training.