I saw the kick coming, but it was too fast for me to get out of the way in time. Despite the padding, it rattled my brain and sent me staggering. After a moment I felt fine. Then I realized I was lying on the floor.
Putting both hands underneath me, I pushed myself up to my knees and shook my head to clear it.
It didn’t start hurting until a few hours later. All of a sudden I had a splitting headache. I took some Advil and went to bed.
I was still a little shaky the next day.