Student safety is our highest priority. Black Belt Instructors teach and conduct sparring according to the rules and regulations of the International Taekwon-Do Federation. Sparring is an important aspect of our program consisting of no-contact step sparring and controlled-contact free sparring. Students do not participate in controled-contact sparring until he/she is ready and willing. The intensity of sparring increases as the students training and abilities progress. For example Red and Black Belt students will spar with powerful yet controlled techniques while lower ranks focus on balance, coordination, foot work, striking/kicking/blocking techniques and strategy.
There are different levels of sparring in Taekwon-Do. Here is a bried explanation of a few sparring methods.
Semi Free sparring:
This is a system of controlled free fighting which two people perform with each other to again assimilate a free sparring (Free Fighting) situation. There is an attacker and a defender during this procedure. Each practitioner takes turn at being both attacker and defender.
Step sparring: (1,2 and 3 step)
Step sparring is a series of "given attacks and defenses" which two practitioners will perform with each other. The purpose for this type of sparring is to exemplify balance, co-ordination, target accuracy, and proper execution of techniques.
This type of sparring is the actual application of techniques in a free fighting situation. Speed, co-ordination, balance and accuracy are all of the key elements which are required to become effective in this type of sparring. Many students find this type of sparring to be the most enjoyable in class. It is a controlled type of sparring in class due to the potential for serious injury. Sparring gear is required by students in class.
For detailed information about competition and rules and regulations; including sparring, patterns, breaking, etc. please follow this link to visit the International Taekwon-Do Federation website.