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comment How bad is kickboxing for your brain?
@JohnP, Yeah I agree, usually sparring with other beginners means a lot of uncontrolled and unpredictable movements, which increases the risk of injury. I think the problem is also partially that all the schools in my district are pretty ghetto, and the trainers aren't really too concencerned with beginners. Consequentially there isn't really a lot of coaching for beginners, and they're left to find everything out themselves. I haven't been able to find a better gym yet, which sucks.
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comment How bad is kickboxing for your brain?
So basically what I'm getting from all of this, is that because you can't avoid getting hit as a beginner, kickboxing is always bad for your brain. And getting better will probably mean you'll get hit less often, but every hit is still bad for you nonetheless. So basically, kickboxing is always bad for your brain, it's just a matter of how bad, and you're better off pursuing a career in jogging (or something) if you want to keep your brain in tip-top condition whilst trying to get your body in shape.
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comment How bad is kickboxing for your brain?
@Trevoke, because I'm not a pro yet. Which is the reason why I'm training (and thus why I'm getting hit a lot). You don't get started in kickboxing and immediately learn how to avoid all of the blows they throw at you. That's impossible for a beginner like me when fighting a more trained opponent.
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comment How bad is kickboxing for your brain?
@Patricia, we don't wear head gear (but we do wear thick gloves, which I believe are 16 oz.), in fact at the three schools at which I trained, noone wore any headgear. I don't think that's customary in kickboxing in the Netherlands.
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