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[–] ThisWeirdWeirdWorld 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

He wasn't. They weren't sparring. They were holding padded shields for the express purpose of getting hit hard during practice, so they could learn to handle the impact. She didn't understand the purpose of the exercise at first, they were simply told to hold the pad and brace for their partner to strike it and she was the first of the pair to hit the shield. When it was her turn she couldn't even stay up despite her partner being her own approximate size.

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[–] bagano1 2 points -2 points (+0|-2) ago 

Ok, yeah, whatever. Only thing I will say in response to that is that she likely wasn't holding the pads correctly, bracing herself. That was never a problem with the females in my dojang. Even a big strong guy will get knocked on the floor if they don't brace themselves properly.

Sparring, yeah, different story.

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[–] ThisWeirdWeirdWorld 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That was never a problem with the females in my dojang.

Then you hit like a girl. Even a big strong guy will get knocked on his ass if he's braced and takes a good sidekick, a lightweight woman just flies further.
The point she was trying to make is that she couldn't budge him no matter how hard she hit the pad and he had no problem at all moving her.
Oh, and the exercise was explained in the article:

So, there was one last special class to make that dark-colored belt; Punching/Kicking Class. An all-day seminar where you were paired off with someone your size, they would hold a 6-inch-thick pad and you full contact punched and kicked them …then you would hold the pad and they would punch and kick.