A few months ago I started kickboxing in London (terrible website, great people). I go to a great school that meets in various church halls and gyms around central London. It's not boxxercising or tai-bo or whatever, but actual kicking-people-in-the-head kickboxing.
Of course, I don't actually kick people in the head. Unless they are really short. And our school is "semi-contact" – we hit people as lightly as we can get away with.
Some things are harder than I expected, surprisingly so:
- bouncing around on the spot ("keep shuffling!") while keeping guard up
- kicking; it's hard work!
- remembering whether to attack or defend during sparring drills
- fitting all your gear into one bag
- remembering to put your mouth guard in before putting on gloves
- doing your ki-ai through a mouth guard
- untangling hand wraps that have just been through the washing machine