If you've had serious head trauma, then no instructor should think you're wussing out in not wanting to do heavy contact sparring. If that's their attitude, then they're not worth training with. A good instructor should be able to work around that and still give you some realistic skills.Quote:
As far as defining "shots to the head" anything that cuases brain trauma i.e. impact trauma that cuases brain tissue to impact against skull. Im not trying to wuss out on the pain (im all for it actually) but I already took a life's worth of brain trauma, and dont want to go back to having head aches and blured vision every few days.
One thing to consider if you want to develop weapons skill is sparring where you just target the opponent's weapon hand or free hand. You can go as hard as you want and not risk any injury to the head. At the same time you'll be working an important weapon skill. Any good FMA teacher should be able to help you with this kind of sparring. If you really own that skillset, then you have a big part of the game for weapon work.
This kind of limited sparring combined with good drilling and basics should give you some useful skills. If you are going to spar go with solid headgear like the WEKAF helmet and light sticks. The fencing helmets are not really intended to take the impact of the stick and you take a heavier shot in a fencing helmet than a WEKAF helmet.
I don't know of any FMA instructors in Kansas. Your best bet is to keep looking on the internet. Try some of the FMA forums because someone might know a group that trains out of a garage. Good luck