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Hi, I need some kind of breast protection but so far all I've found are plastic cones (and the sides would dig big time, OWWW!!) or a full frontal thingy which makes movement, including bending, impossable!!!!!!! Any experience or suggestions would be great! Even with shield work, I'm in pain!
 

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have you looked at:<br><br>
century martial arts, ringside, everlast, AWMA (american world of martial arts) etc.<br><br>
I don't know. I don't compete in martial arts so I don't have first hand knowledge. This was jsut off the top of my head. If you can't find anything let me know I can ask dh. He would know better (ironically!)
 

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I'm in Taekwondoe and just looking for something for class. Tonight we just did shield work and I was not paired with a bruiser but TENDER!!!!!!!!!! and that's through a shield! I will check out those sites, thanks! I was hoping that somebody had some personal experience...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Actually, I do have some experience. Are you holding the shield right next to you? If you are, you can change your stance a bit. Hold the shield with your hands the way you do normally. Then bring your elbows right beside your breasts while holding your arms out a bit. Make sure that when you are standing, you have one foot behind the other with most of your weight on your back foot. Then your partner makes contact, allow yourself to fall back on that back foot and even step back if you need to. If that still doesn't work, you may have to hold the shield completely away from you to the side. If you're using it for kicks, you can hold it to the side with your arm bracing. Just be prepared to let it give when your partner makes contact. If you're using it for punches, you may have to get the smaller shields that you hold with each hand. I hope that helps some.
 

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Oh, the other thing I forgot - You can tilt your body a bit, so that the shield is more on the upper part of your chest and not your breasts, but that one is a bit awkward. I suggest trying the other techniques first.
 

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Bumping. I took the time to write it out, so I want to make sure you get the chance to see it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I agree with pp, adjust your training. ALso let your partner know you are nursing. Once you have a child, and esp when you are nursing, your body is different. You have to acknowledge that and it's a part of-- I think --growing in your training. You can't be Miss Tough chick anymore (or not as much!).
 

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Um, I kinda am known as "Miss Tough Chick"<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> even though I'm a pacifist...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Thanks for the advice, I'll keep tweaking stances, ect and hope that helps... I have tried but I'll try the specific suggestions. And ya, I may just have to say that I'm nursing... The thing is that these people aren't wailing on me or anything... I'm more than a bit worried about competition...<br><br>
Thank you!
 
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