Anybody else shave their legs?

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  1. c0r1nth14n

    c0r1nth14n Blue Belt

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    So, as the title implies, since I started Muay Thai I've started shaving my legs. Before MT I never really wore shorts anywhere, but once I started I was showing off this jungle of leg hair every time I went to class. I train with Koreans, and whether they shave or just naturally have no leg hair, these guys are all smooth as a baby's bottom. On top of that, I was bandaging my legs with pas whenever they'd get bruised up (at least once a week), then removing the pas would tear out a chunk of hair, leaving me looking like I had mange or something. So one day I grabbed my electric razor, shaved them down, and I've kept them like that ever since.

    I know lots of guys would say this was "gay" or whatever, but I was curious if this is common with fighters.
     
  2. FadeIntoViolenc

    FadeIntoViolenc Orange Belt

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    That actually sounds like a good idea, since I'm asian I don't have much hair but I think it might make kicking just a TINY bit more comfortable.
     
  3. My little Tony

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    if you need hair to prove you' re a man, you' re a pussy anyway
     
  4. c0r1nth14n

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    That's pretty much exactly how I feel, but I'm anticipating at least a few replies explaining how shaving your legs is terrible, complete with barely-concealed misogyny and homophobia :p
     
  5. FadeIntoViolenc

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    u can probably kick their asses since u actually fight.

    no need to get upset over a few internet tough guys with latent homosexuality
     
  6. Ryukyu Damashi

    Ryukyu Damashi Ryukyu Damashi

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    No need to stop at the legs, shave you boys too :)
     
  7. ECS123

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    Competitive cyclists and swimmers shave their legs to reduce wind drag, and they say it improves their times, so "technically" speaking, it should also make your kicks faster. Of course, I wouldn't want to count on the additional speed. :icon_lol:

    :icon_chee
     
  8. kinchan

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    i shaved my legs for some time, but stopped, way too much effort for basically nothing imo, at least in my case.
     
  9. BigInJapan

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    shave them if it makes taking off bandages less painful. Who cares what people think nahmsayin. Seems like alot of effort tho
     
  10. Cannon_6

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    As long as your boyfriend is OK with it, nobody else's opinion matters.


    :icon_chee
     
  11. UltimateOllie

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    OMG dude, seriously, you shave your legs? Hell no, I would never do that! I am too proud of my manliness to effeminate myself like that. I bet you shave your chest too don't you? I bet you are a real smooth boy, perfectly groomed like a gay model. Embrace that inner woman! :icon_lol:
     
  12. Spoken

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    I used to shave for wrestling and for cycling... No need to do for Jiu Jitsu... if I was doing no gi I would though, not gonna lie.
     
  13. Clint07

    Clint07 You like blood? Violence? Freaks of nature?

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    While I was bandaging up my ankles, I shaved both legs so that it didn't hurt to pull the tape back off, now I only shave the leg with my tattoos to keep them nicer looking.
     
  14. NuTzOnSwOll

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    Well i'll tell you something thats kinda funny.

    Me, I've got thick leg hair (but not on my chest ...go figure). Now , when i kick the bag , i can just murder it. The only thing is if i've taken some time off (even a week) its not the impact that hurts , its my bloody hair getting ripped out 2 or 3 at a time. Even then its not like it gets ripped like in a waxing. Its like slow torture.
    When the impact happens , all my shin hair gets pulled but doesnt come out (think like a snakebite/indian burn to the arms we'd do as kids). Then maybe one or two gets yanked. It doesnt kill but when that happens over a 60-70 kicks it does.

    So what i do is i just shave the front of my shins ....all along the impact zone :icon_lol:
    The hair then , shaped by the repeated bag trauma, grows the way it should (those that take the brunt of the force dont grow, others grow flat or away).

    Of course for a week or two i probably look pretty stupid but hey it works....i can hit that heavy bag maximum power for as long as i want and not be constrained by pain.
     
  15. NuTzOnSwOll

    NuTzOnSwOll Purple Belt

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    I think ppl who start their sentence with 'OMG' shouldnt be calling out other ppl about their supposed manliness or ........lack of.
     
  16. Sohei

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    Normally I would say its romo, but you seem to have a good practical reason to do it.
     
  17. thirteen

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    Man up and get your girlfriend to wax them.
    The pain will make you stronger!
     
  18. Douglas Funnie

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    i did it once or twice but it wasn't worth it for me. but I also got remarks about it being kinda gay. I didn't care.
     
  19. UltimateOllie

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    Like whateverrr :icon_chee
     
  20. c0r1nth14n

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    haha, just yesterday she said i should come get a wax with her next time she goes.

    As for everyone saying it's a lot of work - if you have an electric razor, it seriously takes maybe 5 minutes a week, and I'm a pretty hairy guy. They don't need to be perfectly smooth, you just go over the legs once a week with an electric, and it's all good. By now I've just come to like the way it looks. It seems a bit sharper than when I had leg hair all over.
     

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