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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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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.

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