Martial arts: keep your guard up
The martial arts are perhaps among the more dangerous sports one can get involved in but they are extremely rewarding and fun to do. They take many years to master but once you have become a master yourself you will never look back. There are many disciplines to choose from: Thai boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Karate, Kendo to name but a few. No matter which one you choose you can be sure that you are going to be in for a few knocks and bruises. This should most certainly not be a deterrent, however, as you can always give as good as you get!
There are many different grades of martial artist from the rank amateur to the seasoned pro and everyone has their own level of commitment and proficiency. No matter how proficient you are, it is prudent to make sure you are protected from any unwanted medical costs as a result of any injury you might receive. If you are covered by a specialised sports insurance policy then you can be sure that you'll be fully looked after, when it comes to getting treatment for that broken jaw or snapped ligament. In the martial arts world you can never be too careful as, let's be honest, you're going to get barraged with flailing legs and arms quite frequently! Correct padding and protection gear will certainly help when you're practising and sparring as they reduce the risk of injury. There is always the possibility of finding yourself in a situation where you get paired up with "Barry the 7 foot tank" in training and have to stand cowering behind your pads as he rains in those methodical one-twos. If you've ever done martial arts you've been there and it is quite an exhilarating, if terrifying, experience; standing toe to toe with someone twice your size and taking everything they've got to give before donning the gloves and having yourself a little payback session.
In any martial arts situation there is the potential for injury and being covered by a specialised martial arts insurance policy ensures that you can have some peace of mind even though there is always the possibility of a mistimed or ill-aimed punch connecting somewhere it wasn't intended to, you . In most cases you'll jump back up off the floor and shout "gimme more!" but for those times when the injuries are a bit more than a bruised ego it is always prudent to be covered.