On the other hand, I've found that armor (especially headgear) completely changes the tone of a fight, making combatants much more brave than they otherwise would be. It's good to use on occasion, but in my experience, people that spar with armor tend to do worse without it, so I wouldn't make armor standard.
Originally Posted by blindside
Agreed, I also do padded weapon sparring with just racquetball glasses, to deal with just that. Though I must say that our heavy padded weapons can TKO someone through a fencing mask, so it still doesn't promote leading with your head.
Originally Posted by tim_stl