Yesterday i was practicing gedan barai defending a mae geri and the lateral of my arm crested a "bump"! I mean even for mae geri if a practicer makes a mistake about the time to read the kick, there is a chance to injure hilself easily!
The whole point on my conversation is that! No matter if it is a tournament or not ...in order to control the time for a defense of a kick that you were waiting being a mae geri and all of the sudden it comes a low kick, well the time is so short that is better to move away like lyoto machida does than being a go no sen using legs and arms to defend ourselves!