Sparring is an intregral part of your martial art training, because it forces the student to think under pressure, to improvise, to consistently use proper technique and to keep their emotions under control. Students are required to have their own sparring gear, which includes head gear, forearm and shin guards, mouth guard, and cup (for men), chest protectors are provided by the school.
There are two main types of sparring:
– Point Sparring: In Point Style Sparring every time judges believe a competitor has scored a point, play is stopped, point(s) is given and play is resumed. Points are given when the competitors’ kick or punch to the body (on the chest protector) and the head (also protected). Each round is 2 minutes and won when a competitor reaches 5 points.
– Continuous Sparring: A Continuous Sparring match is an Olympic Style of sparring where competitors score points by kicks and punches to the body (on the chest protector) and the head (also protected). This is a dynamic, full contact kicking event.