I knew she was going to do it, but still stepped into her round kick to my head. I thought I could block it, instead I hit the mat hard, to be attended to by Disney-esque bluebirds.
I didn’t win the match, but I did get up and finish it, even scored a head shot too.
For about 10 years, I trained in martial arts and competed at the national and world level. I was a very good fighter. In this particular match, I went up against a known opponent. I had sparred against this woman many times, I knew her style. We were friends. I saw her tell for a round kick, and also knew she was aiming high. I was trying to be cool. I though I could get in under the kick, block her, and score with a punch to the body. It didn’t work out how I planned.
She caught me square on the chin, and I went down like a brick. I never loss consciousness, but I did actually see cartoon birds circling my head. I also sported an impressive bruise for several weeks.
I asked the center judge to, “just give me a second,” because I didn’t want a forfeit. I did finally get my footing again and completed the match. I lost on points, but learned that I can take a punch.