Oddly enough, while there are two writers on this blog, I am actually female and thirteen years of experience in the martial arts has taught me: it doesn’t hurt that much. Not compared to the groin or even a solid connection to the stomach. If the breasts were already inflamed or tender at the time of the punch, well, that would hurt a little more. But that’s not the punch that’s causing the pain, it’s the pain caused by puberty.
I get it in one of my breasts, depending on how well they connect, maybe it hurts (if they clip the nipple and hit head on), maybe it doesn’t (they connect to the side), it’ll hurt either way because getting hit always does.
Now, I get clipped in the groin (which I have been)? I double over, I have a sudden and intense need to throw up, the world starts spinning, I want to fall over, I may in fact fall to my knees (I did during my third degree black belt test). The response is instant, it’s immediate and paralyzing, with an effect that lasts for a good five to fifteen minutes (if not a half hour). I spend the rest of the night with an upset stomach, it’s pretty much 100% debilitating.
There is no comparison between the groin and the breasts, I have both, I been hit both places, one of them is a “well, ouch I can power through that" and the other is “oh god, I think I’m dying". Getting clipped in the groin is right up there with the time I broke my leg doing a Tornado kick and the first time I tried to walk on it after I collapsed (and then collapsed a second time). The terror and feelings of helplessness in both those two cases are about equal for me, though the broken leg lasted a lot longer.
A legitimate reason for someone to go after the breasts in combat is actually a psychological one. We women are sensitive about our chests and someone grabbing or attempting to paw them during a fight is going to be both distracting and humiliating, thus taking our minds out of the fight and giving the opponent the advantage. If they can get to the nipple for a pinch and twist, then yeah, that’s going to hurt. It’s going to hurt a lot. If the attacker assaults the woman during a time when her breasts are more sensitive, then again, it’ll hurt. But if the woman is also a fighter, then she’ll actually be used to both getting hit and probably taking hits there. It won’t be debilitating and again, most female fighters bind their breasts down to decrease their movement and will probably be wearing some type of chest guard or armor that’ll primarily take the force of the blow.
I’ve seen a lot of female martial artists outside of just my own personal experience, sometimes stray punches miss, sometimes a kick goes too high and gets too close, sometimes guys are dicks, but I can’t actually remember anyone bowling over because they got punched in the chest. If they were upset about it, it was usually because they (rightly) didn’t want their male or female partner touching them there.
So, take it as you will.
from-thailand-with-love said: Really? I took a kick to the breasts recently and nearly doubled over. Although about the last bit, some dude grabbed my chest once during wrestling and somehow I got from under him to standing up in fighting stance ten feet away in, like, a second.
That’s not because of the breasts though, that’s because the impact got through your chest and fucked with your heart for a second. It’s the same as when someone performs a hammer strike to the breast bone. The strike echoes through into the heart and that will mess you up. It can be easy to confuse the two, but a strike like that isn’t conflicting with the nerves in the breasts, so much as the force is getting through into the body’s interior and messing with your internal organs. Now, that really, really hurts and really sucks. So, I’m sorry to hear that.
The same will happen to a man, though.
The breast chest distraction goes both ways, it may fuck with the guy as much as it fucks with us.