I have been doing TKD for 11 months now and I love it. I have sparred with friends outside of school with no gear and it was able to go for hours. I was also able to fight people using what I learned easy enough. I found that when doing sparing in class even though I wear all the gear I had no problem breathing because we yell with each attack. Then I decided to enter a kick boxing fight and found that it was actually hard to control my breathing with all that gear(head,mouth piece, shin guards, and gloves.) I found that the real life situations that I was in were easier than this sport situation I was in. Has anyone else had a similar experience or am I alone here? (I lost the fight by points.) If anyone wants to see it, I'll post the link.