Taekwondo Sparring

Taekwondo Sparring is the act of practicing combat against a live opponent, without actually having to pick a real fight! It is almost unheard of to practice Tae Kwon Do without at least doing some light sparring, as this is an integral part of your training not only in Tae Kwon Do, but in martial arts in general.

Taekwondo Sparring should be done in a controlled environment, with senior students, or better yet, instructors, present, as it can be dangerous if not handled properly.

Taekwondo Sparring

When sparring in class it is common to practice partial contact sparring, which has been discussed here before, however in tournament sparring your goal is to defeat your opponent, and full contact sparring is usually practiced when fighting in an adult division.

When you spar it is customary to bump fists before fighting as a show of respect. You goal should NOT be to hurt your opponent, but to score points.

In full contact competition sparring you will usually end up with and inflict a few bruises, however in a class environment the goal is to better yourself and your opponent, so you should avoid injuring yourself or your opponent.

Respect is perhaps the most important part of Taekwondo sparring, by learning to respect your opponent despite the clear objective of defeating him, you better yourself as a martial artist and a person.

 Perhaps even more difficult (and by far more important) is to accept a defeat with good sportsmanship and respect.

In order to succeed at sparring, you will need to have control over your techniques, strike quickly, and above all avoid telegraphing you’re attacks.

Telegraphing is the act of giving away a strike before actually doing it, by raising your leg early or flexing a shoulder muscle prematurely you can set your opponent up for an easy block and counter.

 On the flip side, you should try to recognize subtle movements from your opponent in order to see their moves before they come, allowing you to block and set up a counter.

 In closing, Taekwondo sparring is very important to your training, and as such you should become comfortable with it as soon as possible!

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