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    Quote Originally Posted by sochin101
    Not wishing to derail, but do you guys who use headgear find that you're more likely to get hit while wearing it?

    Let me clarify - I'm not talking about the head being a bigger target, so therefore is more likely to be hit, I'm talking about whether you're less likely to slip, or use head movement because you have (consciously or sub-consciously) the notion that it will hurt less if you eat the occasional jab?

    No. I do however find that I get hit much more with headgear that has cheek protection since it totally screws up my peripheral vision.

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    i used to hate boxing gloves and only wanted to use MMA gloves. then i started hitting people harder (and getting hit harder) and learned to love the added level of contact that boxing gloves allow. now i am the guy who insists on students using boxing gloves for my class.

    i used to hate headgear (lots of the same reasons already posted.) then i fractured my orbital, and wearing it ceased being a choice. once i got used to it (the blue bomber that someone else posted about) it didn't bother me as much as it used to, and i definitely make the noobs wear it during sparring. the more advanced guys get more leeway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sochin101
    Not wishing to derail, but do you guys who use headgear find that you're more likely to get hit while wearing it?

    Let me clarify - I'm not talking about the head being a bigger target, so therefore is more likely to be hit, I'm talking about whether you're less likely to slip, or use head movement because you have (consciously or sub-consciously) the notion that it will hurt less if you eat the occasional jab?
    I look at it this way: I could just let them hit me while I swing away, but letting myself get hit isn't making me any better at fighting. So I continue to use/develop my defence, even during sparring when I probably won't be getting knocked out regardless.

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    I wear it in boxing, not in kyokushin. My first headgear experience was training nippon kempo; we wore bogu, men, and boxing guards. I hated it, because I couldn't slip as effectively. When I would slip with just my head (instead of the more full-body slipping I do now) the lower edge of my men would hit the shoulder of my bogu, and stop my head from tipping as far as I wanted. So instead of cleanly slipping past a punch, I would bang my helmet into my shoulder and get punched in the (armored) face anyway. Not fun. That's why I avoided headgear until my boxing coach made me wear it, and now that I'm using headgear that isn't a f%#king kendo helmet, I'm learning to appreciate it.

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    I wear the Twins MT headgear with the chin and cheek protection.
    The headgear because i don't want to get cut and explain that i get punched in the face for a hobby, and the cheek protection because i'm a big ole softie with a huge nose.

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    I use this:


    And I like it a lot. It ends up serving much the same function as wrestling headgear, which is protecting me from the horrors of cauliflower ear and giving me something to tuck my hair under.
    It also Cuts down on the potential damage of accidental (or, in some cases, intentional :P) headbutts.

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    I almost always wear it when I spar. (The exception being if I'm moving around with someone very lightly.) Don't have to worry about cuts/black eyes, helps protect a little bit.

    While I myself wouldn't mind if I got a black eye or bruises, walking around with cuts and the like on the face would def. make people question about me.

    . Not to mention all the bullshit I would get from living in a college town, particularly from the OMGMMA-AFFLICTIONTAPOUT crowd.

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    Personally I love headgear. I also like the ones with cheek protection because I found that, for whatever reason, when I get hit my contact lenses slip less. Which is a good thing considering that slightly obscured peripheral vision is way more preferable then being blind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMightyMcClaw
    I use this:


    And I like it a lot. It ends up serving much the same function as wrestling headgear, which is protecting me from the horrors of cauliflower ear and giving me something to tuck my hair under.
    It also Cuts down on the potential damage of accidental (or, in some cases, intentional :P) headbutts.
    Are you really fitting your mop in there comfortably ? And you can grapple in it ?


    Sounds too good to be true ,


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    Quote Originally Posted by recourse
    I'm ordering headgear right now. At my gym there's a rule of no head kicks if the person isn't wearing headgear.
    It's a sensible rule but it pisses me off cos at my gym some people don't wear it because they don't want to get kicked in the head. it stops us working on things we want to improve and means they are unprepared in teh ring

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