Don't get me wrong, I love America but... My best friend is a black belt in muay thai, and he and i have been workin out and him teaching me muay thai gradually just for fun...i got to the point where im shin kicking really hard things (not just bags) to condition my shins and legs to not feel the pain.... ...until I learned that american muay thai dojos use shin guards when they kick....REALLY??? Kinda pisses me off that they are pussifying such a great martial art. The whole point of muay thai is to push through the pain of kicking bamboo and stuff (which i havent done but id like to someday) without padding for conditioning. Anyway, kinda blew my mind. carry on.