I took a page out of the Judo club's training book last weekend for our taekwondo sparring training. When I see my children at their Judo class, they're trying their hardest at 'randori' which is similar to freestyle sparring for Judo kas. They're not intimidated by their opponents nor scratching their head wondering what to do.
So last weekend I told everyone that sparring training was going to be light with no contact. This doesn't mean flippity flip techniques or speedy gonzales footwork - movements should be smooth and fluid. I also invited them to let their opponent slip some techniques through - their job was to observe the technique, work on movement, coverage and to continue steady deliberate breathing. They were also supposed to play with their techniques - fire off things they've never done before. Use your left side. Your right side. Mix it up.
The session was some of the best we've seen in recent times. It gave us a good cardio workout, but also allowed us to 'free our minds' ... to use techniques that we do in slower drills, but with good control. Techniques were tight and focused. Best - no one got hurt AND they weren't afraid of getting hurt.
Keep training, folks!
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