Taekwondo Non-contact Sparring Exercise

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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Mathieu said…
sounds like fun. :)
Colin Wee said…
Sometimes beating up your students is not always the main objective. :-)
Bulldog said…
I full believe that sparring with contact is necessary to an extent (I mean what's the point of training if you never apply skills in real world scenarios), but I also feel that it strikes fear into a lot of people which causes them to have a hard time. No to light contact is a great way to apply skills but take the scariness out of it for the less confident so that they can try new things. I'm glad you got to experience that, like I have in the past.
Colin Wee said…
All these varied drills should be part of a well-rounded gym bag. Keep mixing it up and you get a practitioner that becomes a tougher target - someone who can think on his feet. But to get there, yes, we need to desensitize students and allow them to 'try out' their techniques. Good hearing from you Bulldog. Colin
Keith said…
Great composition of thoughts here. Thank you very much for sharing. I have not tried Taekwondo ever in my life and I am on the process of considering it. Looks like a nice try. Non-contact sparing might be pain less but feeling the pain is more effective in certain training. Pain makes you a real fighter.
Colin Wee said…
Like I said ... it's all part of a complete training bag. The objective is to explore and discover. Toughness and endurance should be done separately. It is important - you can't do what you've got to do if you're spooked by a few face shots. Also don't be waylaid by what I say here about what TKD is and isn't. Each school is different. Good luck with your search! :-) Colin
Colin Wee said…
Thank you for the compliment, Ninjutsu Techniques. :-) Would you like to describe how your school deals with 'how to train' or 'evaluation of training method'? Colin

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