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    Just wondering how often everyone tends to spar in general, and when you do spar, what type of fighting do you engage in (ie. point-fighting, continuous with light contact, continuous with heavy contact, full contact)?
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    Default Re: How often do you spar and what type?

    It kind of comes and goes in waves at our school. When the wave hits, we might spar twice a week for an hour each time, continuous light contact and then points.

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    Like Sentinel it comes and goes in our school. For the most part it is without gear and we run all types of attacks continous. Then once we are warmed up we will spar ad abuot a medium thumping depending on your partner. I can only speak to the classes I attend. I believe there may be much more in the brown belt and above classes.
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    TBH, I probably don't give sparring enough of my attention when compared to other aspects of training. I'm going to have to pick it up though because I found out that every test I have from here on out involves 2-2 minute rounds of light sparring. I've considered dedicating a whole class to it on Saturdays.

    I know you've got a lot of experience with sparring, do you think a one-to-two hour class once a week dedicated to sparring drills and matches is adequate focus on the sparring "aspect" of kenpo?
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    Every Tuesday, light continuous or heavy continuous depending on who you are up against (all ranks spar each other). We emphasize point for the two weeks right before we hold our tournament in May.

    We don't have a requirement for sparring, theoretically you could make it to brown without ever donning the gloves, but for black there is a full-contact sparring requirement. That being said, no one has made it to purple who has chosen not to spar.

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    We have sparring classes twice per week for both our kids and adult curriculum. It is required that all students have a minimum of 10 sparring classes between belt ranks of purple and above. The type of fighting is up to the students. We tend to start with drills, fight continuous to warm up, then point to finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blindside View Post
    Every Tuesday, light continuous or heavy continuous depending on who you are up against (all ranks spar each other). We emphasize point for the two weeks right before we hold our tournament in May.

    We don't have a requirement for sparring, theoretically you could make it to brown without ever donning the gloves, but for black there is a full-contact sparring requirement. That being said, no one has made it to purple who has chosen not to spar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blindside View Post
    We don't have a requirement for sparring, theoretically you could make it to brown without ever donning the gloves, but for black there is a full-contact sparring requirement.
    That was the same at my last school. They also would allow students to stay back after class and work on anything giving them problems and/or to spar. I thought that was a good way to do it, in addition to some formal class sparing sessions.

    I don't spar any more, but I used to love it. Best is continuouse with contact, and it is really best to go outside your own system as much as possible. Some of the best I've done was with a Kali group (full contact stick as well as empty hands) and a mixed group (TKD, Modern Arnis, grappling and Aikijutsu). Most fun I ever had getting the crap beat out of me! I also liked slow sparing, variouse types of sensitivity sparing, and sometimes no contact continuouse sparing. All of these teach good skills.

    I was never fond of point sparing, continuouse or just get a point and stop. Too much focus on just getting something in to "win" and not on good technique or solid hits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southwell View Post
    There are some Black Belts out there that have told me they never sparred, not even once from white to Black.
    Unfortunately for them them there are many lessons that then have missed. Freestyle is a third of the system for a reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedan View Post
    I don't spar any more, but I used to love it. Best is continuouse with contact, and it is really best to go outside your own system as much as possible. Some of the best I've done was with a Kali group (full contact stick as well as empty hands) and a mixed group (TKD, Modern Arnis, grappling and Aikijutsu). Most fun I ever had getting the crap beat out of me! I also liked slow sparing, variouse types of sensitivity sparing, and sometimes no contact continuouse sparing. All of these teach good skills.

    I was never fond of point sparing, continuouse or just get a point and stop. Too much focus on just getting something in to "win" and not on good technique or solid hits.
    I don't compete much anymore, but when I did I learned alot from point fighting. I prefer in tournaments to compete in point rather than continuous matches. Tournament continuous can often become a race for points with little emphasis on defense, and no acknowledgement of shots that would have ended the fight had they not been pulled. In class our continuous doesn't really have rules, so you'll see pretty much anything going on.

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    How many people here fight groin as a target? We do for green belts and higher if both people agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadrunner View Post
    How many people here fight groin as a target? We do for green belts and higher if both people agree.
    Groin is a target from Day 1 (for everyone), freaks the TKD guys out when they come visiting, and gives the no flexibility people a target to kick for.

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    Unfortunately I only have access to one student right now, and he is not ready yet for sparring, and the lack of adequate space is another barrier for me when it comes to sparring right now. But over the years I spent many, many hours in the ring, working against kenpo fighters, TKD fighters and some Kick boxers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler View Post

    I know you've got a lot of experience with sparring, do you think a one-to-two hour class once a week dedicated to sparring drills and matches is adequate focus on the sparring "aspect" of kenpo?
    Absolutely, if you make the most of that time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blindside View Post
    Every Tuesday, light continuous or heavy continuous depending on who you are up against (all ranks spar each other). We emphasize point for the two weeks right before we hold our tournament in May.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blindside View Post
    freaks the TKD guys out when they come visiting
    Yeah, if you went to the Internationals in Long Beach, you've seen the high kickers always keep one hand on their groin for protection. Being from the East coast, where groin is never a target in a tournament, it was pretty funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadrunner View Post
    Yeah, if you went to the Internationals in Long Beach, you've seen the high kickers always keep one hand on their groin for protection. Being from the East coast, where groin is never a target in a tournament, it was pretty funny.
    Yeah, the West coast boys like the groin shots.

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    Clyde O'Briant, a 7th degree black belt under Larry Tatum, kicked me in the groin a few times when we fought so I decided to trash the high kick thing against him, LOL.
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    The groin is open for us. We have a "free" class after adult that we can do whatever we want. Sparring, techniques or forms. This class is Mondays and Thursdays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seabrook View Post
    Clyde O'Briant, a 7th degree black belt under Larry Tatum, kicked me in the groin a few times when we fought so I decided to trash the high kick thing against him, LOL.
    Ouch!

    I wanted his medium sparring clip on youtube. I can imagine a kick to the groin wouldn't feel to good from a guy his size.
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