Sparring in Taekwondo
Sparring, for the mixed bag of criticism it faces, is just one of the components of training that help a martial art practitioner learn about how to deal with an opponent and the throws that come hard and fast.
In our traditional taekwondo syllabus, sparring training starts at 7th kyu Orange and starts only getting interesting when the student becomes 6th kyu or when they don their green belts.
I was sparring with my green belt today. Essentially I throw all manner of basic kicks and punches. He covers, blocks and can use only one weapon to counter - his lunge punch. This helps him focus on baby steps - dealing with the barage of things flying at him, moving around, and then returning fire. On my part I don't overly try to conceal my stuff nor have I applied any real force. Messing around with his mind will come later, and such pain or the memory of pain shouldn't be all-consuming that it spoils the myriad little 'games' that sparring requires of a student.
Beginning Sparring in Traditional Taekwondo
Beginning Sparring Part One - Problems Encountered
Beginning Sparring Part Two - Sparring Objectives
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