Originally Posted by xeberus
It really depends, usually I go less than 80% with head gear etc but remember your going to get back what you give
. But take it easy when your starting, I've seen a bunch of guys get injured going to hard to fast.
Keep your chin up, you'll get better
I got my ass handed to me a number or times, and still do. Go super light and concentrate on form more than anything else. This is training, not a fight. Reinforce to your partner that you're a total newbie and GO LIGHT. If you throw, so will your partner..
Good luck - Hope this helps,..