What kind of sparring is right for you?

taekwondoeSparring is one of the principle ways of practicing Tae kwon Do.

 Where forms help you build confidence and strength of technique and mind, sparring gives you practice with practical application.

 In most serious Tae Kwon Do schools, a period of time is set for sparring in every class. There are many levels of contact in sparring, from butterfly sparring, in which no pads are worn and the combatants only give each other light taps, to full pad, full contact sparring.

The type of sparring that students engage in is usually determined by the instructor, but it should be noted that great care must be taken in deciding which type of sparring is right for you.

 While butterfly sparring may seem the safest method, it also requires the most control, therefor it is recommended that more inexperienced students start with partial contact sparring.

With partial contact sparring, you will usually wear headgear, foot and hand pads, as well as a mouth guard, it should be noted that with all forms of sparring that male students should always wear an athletic cup.

In partial contact sparring the aim is to further both you and you’re opponent’s sparring ability, to this end, it is important that you fight without attempting to injure each other, as the purpose is to better yourself rather than score points. When it comes to competition, you will most likely be practicing full contact sparring.

 Usually you would wear everything you would in partial contact, with the addition of a chest protector, shin guards, and possibly a waist and groin protector. Full contact is much more violent, as the goal is to score points on you’re opponent rather that improve you’re abilities.

 No matter what type of sparring you decide to practice in any given situation, it is extremely important that you treat you’re opponent, any judges or instructors, or any other with respect and kindness, as this is important to maintain a professional and enjoyable atmosphere.

 In closing, sparring is an enjoyable way to improve you’re practical Tae kwon Do application, but it must be done with care to avoid injury.

1 Comment so far

  1. Martial Arts Lover December 10th, 2007 11:37 am

    Hope we will do a Good Job !!

    Keep it Up , TKD is a great sports !

Leave a reply