You're amazing, even tougher than I realized.
And glad to have you back! :)
I gave up TKD at 48 because I was sick of getting kicked in the head.
Thanks all! ebuckley, I can totally appreciate that. My instructor is huge on safety, controlled sparring, etc. but accidents happen and even when you're sparring w/ friends, it wouldn't take much to get hurt. The higher the level, the greater the risks...
Also keep in mind that kicking someone in the head (side of the head, not the face) is totally legit in TKD. If you didn't block it or duck, that's your problem.
I still have a hamstring w a lump of scar tissue from being kicked when I was in my late 20's, sparring w a cop twice my size
Oh my, that is quite difficult to visualize! I'm sure there's a story...
...hopefully you're not still sparring like that :)
I think I was beginning a klutzy spinning wheel kick and his kick met me coming the other way. Or I was doing the smart thing and running away.