For example I'd much rather take a kick to the leg than to the head, or even to the body. Is there a way I can incorporate this into my style to minimize risk of damaging head shots?

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    if you maintain a higher guard you will increase the likelihood of people striking lower and reduce the likelihood of people trying to strike your head - but this will come at the cost of giving a target away and probably a much greater risk of losing the spar.. which seems counter productive, if you really don't want to get hit in the head - spar in a ruleset that forbids it!
    – Collett89
    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:29
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    See here and here and here and here for similar questions.
    – JohnP
    Apr 15, 2019 at 14:10
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    @Collett89 That's actually great advice for new folks. Give up the leg and body damage. You're going to suck at defending it anyway. Learn to defend your head first, then work from there. You'll also learn to throw counters against body/leg strikes.
    – coinbird
    Apr 16, 2019 at 14:52


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