Ok, here's a story from this very morning that i've decided to share with you all. This isn't really a question because I think i'm figuring out what I did wrong, but if anybody wants to give me advice then feel free to. If anybody ever gets kicked in the face or feels bad for getting schooled in general, come back to this thread so you don't feel so bad about it. So this morning was my first day defending high Thai kicks. I've defended low Thai kicks before (though somewhat poorly) but this is something else entirely. Now in MT the line of thinking (or at least how it has been explained to me) is generally that the best thing to do when somebody tries to kick you it to get out of the way. But that isn't always possible and my coach likes for us to learn all the different ways we can defend against it. For the low Thai kicks, he's had me "shin checking" it - when somebody throws the kick at your leg, lift your leg up so their shin meets yours first instead of connecting with your quad or hamstring. Those of you who have seen the video of the white dude whose shin snaps in half when the black dude shin checks him know what i'm talking about. Anyway, i'm doing high kicks this morning. The first way he's having me do is by catching - basically, when the kick comes up too high for me to shin check it, pull my arms in and turn my hips so the kick goes up into my gloves instead of my body. I know, I don't quite get it either but it's my first day doing it. I should probably mention that I was already tired as hell from throwing with my partner that morning, Larry. I jacked my wrist up while throwing a straight right and stung my ankles a bit from him shin checking my sloppy low kicks. So the first one comes in aimed at my midsection and I take it on my elbows. It stings. I was actually under the impression at first that we're supposed to take the kick on the elbows, and not I have a blood blister in my forearm to remind me not to do that. I've seen other guys take the kicks on the elbows but I guess they're conditioned to it. So I keep taking these kicks on the elbows and coach tells me that i'm not supposed to do that, try to curve my hands like hooks and "catch" the kick. It isn't working, so coach tells him to kick a little higher. My whole frame was bad for this. I sort of went onto my toes, leaned over for no real reason, threw my hands up in front of my face and just took the kick flush on the jaw. Now, Larry wasn't trying to hurt me; he was actually babying me, as i've seen him on the heavy bag and with the more advanced guys. But it still hurt like a motherfucker; my jaw wasn't dislocated, but it's still sore and I had to eat peanut butter sandwhiches for lunch. I stumble back, a bit shocked because I have never been hit in the face or hit that hard before (I sort of realized how easy Larry was going on me before, considering he was only hitting with 10% or 15% of his power). I didn't fall but I think I was visibly bothered by it. What was even more embarassing was that Larry was a class act about it. For the first time in the time i've known him he drops his hands and stops moving during the round and goes" You okay man? Just breathe, walk it off." So now i'm pacing around the ring with Larry and feeling like a total punk. You ever get really red in the face and shaky? Not like you're actually going to cry, but just shaken? Like you were almost hit by a car? That's probably how I looked. The purpose of this thread isn't to really make jokes about getting kicked in the face, but rather for people who get similarly pwned to look back on. If you ever just get rocked one day and feel like a total bitch, search the words 'story getting owned'. Then you can say, "Yeah, I got owned today, but at least Chthon has been owned beyond belief too. I don't feel as bad now". If anybody else has similar stories they would like to add, then please feel free to. One last comment...I noticed that fighting is the only sport where someone can hit you in the face, and you're the one who gets yelled at. "Chthon! Don't let him kick you in the face!" What a crappy morning.