I took up Karate 6 months ago at the ripe old age of 36.
Now, I really love it and training 3 times a week really helps blow the work cobwebs away. Here's the thing though, certain sessions each week are contact sparring - which I enjoy too. It seems to be that only brown belts and black tend to turn up for these sessions but I'm quite game for a laugh and go too. Enthusiasm seems to go a long way!!
So far, I have had a broken finger (my fault for blocking badly), a badly bruised foot (not my fault), and now what feels like cracked ribs when tonight a prick of a 3rd Dan decided that he was going to unleash full force.
Is this amount of injury normal, or am I just being over-optimistic about my ability and should ease off on the contact sparring until I've been traing for a few years?
For what it's worth, I'm pretty good for my level, but no where near as good as those who have been training for 10+ years!
Yours, a shallow breathing (coz it **** hurts),