The risk of injury is low and both systems, Karate and Kobudo, are trained in a controlled manner. Pads are worn during sparring sessions, and gum shields if the student wants to wear them. In fact it is known that these activities have lower injuries than other sports, such as football and rugby. I have even known knee injuries to occur in Badminton and of course the famous Tennis elbow. However, I'm not saying you wont be subjected to an injury from time to time, or maybe not at all, but these are bumps and bruises in the main. There have been the odd broken bone, such as a finger or a toe, a cut lip, and a bloody nose as all injuries can't be prevents. But overall Karate and Kobudo do have a very low risk.
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