One more reason I carry...
Here is a short video of my first Taekwondo tournament, 12/6/08.
Check out the tree that I had to fight, YouTube - Chris_PointSparring_12.6.08.AVI, and you will see why I carry.
The point sparring was first one to 5 points (1 point for hands, 2 for kicks, and 3 for spinning kicks). This dude was big, and we were the first round. You can also look on my YouTube page to see my Kata and you will see this same man sitting to the left of the screen and he is almost as tall as I am, but he is sitting down!
I think this guys name should be Ivan Drago.
My point in posting this, other than to ease my grief of such a quick loss (tied for 3rd though) is to point out that even as a 6' 235ish Lbs guy who grew up in a rough neighborhood, there is always someone bigger and you have to weigh that with what you think your chances of survival are in any given situation.
I think things may have gone a little longer if I could have done without the stupid mask and chest pad though, I couldn't move or see a whole lot, at least that's my story :image035:.