Once beginners cross a certain point where they can more or less keep a level head, then they are allowed to use strikes - sparingly. Meaning they are 'authorised' to use one weapon at a time. The first weapon, a long range one, is the front lunge punch.
What kind of tools do expert hard style practitioners use in sparring? You still see a lot of basic techniques used effectively. Certainly the effect of experience allows these people to dish out a variety of techniques, and beginning students do not have the same experience. However, if you notice, aside from experience, timing, strategy, etc., expert practitioners have a good amount of confidence, commmitment, and follow through. These last three concepts can be communicated on a physical level to traditional taekwondo beginners fairly easily.
These are the factors that will allow a committed and focused beginner wielding only one type of punch to provide a significant sparring challenge to even senior students. One punch, after all, is sometimes all that is needed.
Once this weapon successfully lands, other weapons are gradually authorised, and the beginner uses their increased confidence with other tools. It becomes almost too easy.
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