You got KO'd by a girl?... Dude, that is awesome!
Don't feel bad, I had a girl tap me when I first started rolling. Kind of sucks don't it?
Anyway, yeah I've thought about the Azzpadz. Just don't know if I want to look like I'm wearing depends! I'll definitely check it out though. Thanks for the reply.
Old dog this is a familiar story. I was sparring with a high school girl that caught me off balance with a round house to the head. Needless to say I was on the floor seeing stars. I loved fighting guys 1/2 my age, but it does take it's toll on your body.
I started riding 3 yrs ago at 42.
You sound solid but don't over look the Azzpadz recommendation. A little pain is fine but when/if it ends your day when it could have been prevented and you'd still be riding. Why not use them and enjoy your new sport a little more.