Sparring

The fight is divided into two parts: free sparring and step sparring. Both are important elements in the development of Taekwon-Do management. Both are also part of the exam, which can be a good measure for mental and physical development.

Step sparring

In step sparring, the techniques are practiced in a certain attack and defense sequence, step by step. The goal of this form of training is to make the transition between basic exercises and free sparring.

By training with an opponent, we develop speed, precision, timing and balance in the attack and defense for both partners.

There are fights in steps, so that all forms of attack can be defended. This can be done with the arms, legs, multiple attacks with the arms and legs and also with techniques of arms or legs jumped.

These training exercises are designed to have some connection with tuls.

In addition, the exercises are also very suitable for practicing perfection of attack and defense techniques with a partner. The more one develops in Taekwon-Do, the more difficult the step-by-step exercise is.

We can continue to grow and not have to stand at a certain level. It is also a good way to improve technically, because the exercises are executed a little more slowly and more clearly than in free sparring. Good instructions can also be given by someone with a higher degree.

If you improve in combat by step, you will also improve in free combat, because the techniques and the insight become better.

Free sparring

Because it is not tied to fixed techniques, fighting is also called free sparring. The free sparring  is to practice the techniques learned and practiced with the tuls and the fight by steps. It’s the real fight with an opponent, according to the rules of Taekwon-Do

These rules indicate where and how you can touch your opponent. In ITF, it’s called ‘semi-contact’ and it’s based on earning points. A point can be scored if a legitimate technique is placed in the right place of the opponent.

Because not all techniques do the same damage in a real fight, different points are related to different techniques. Because not all techniques are fully under control, when the opponent is wrong or when unauthorized actions are performed, penalty points are awarded.

Whoever scored the most points after a while wins.

When sparring is practiced regularly, the taekwondoka can participate in competitions. It is not an obligation to participate, but it is a good experience for the student and he can test his skills. Opponent stress, sportsmanship and loss or victory are a good experience, and are good for development.