First off I did look around the forums to see if there were any sticky threads that already answered my question. If I missed them I apologize. But my first question is in regards to my foot. The top of my left foot specifically. I try my best to kick with the shin on my feet when doing round kicks (and I'm getting pretty decent) but I started sporting some bruising on the top of the foot a few weeks ago. At first I wasn't too concerned and figured it would heal pretty quickly. However it hasn't gone away in a few weeks. I figured (and this may be REALLY stupid) that I would just ignore it and kick away. Now I'm trying even harder to just use the shin but occasionally I'm still hitting the top of my foot w/ round kicks and its hurting like hell. Should I just grit my teeth and bare it or should I just lay off. It may be a dumb question to some but theres a lot of bad information out there and I just want to see if I continued use of it will build up the legs tolerance (to bruising specifically). My second question is in regards to upper body strength. Right now I'm only doing non-contact training (heavy bag, cardio), but recently I've been struggling with drills I've had very little trouble with. Constant punching with 5lbs wieghts I can't keep my hands up as long as I used to. Hell basic drills on the heavy bags make me have to rest my hands for a bit. I try to keep plenty of protein in my diet but It seems like my muscles aren't recovering fast enough. I normally only go 2-3 times a week (I'm not a fighter, just go to keep in shape) and I have a day in between every class. Any tips regarding that issue?