Fight Club

Once per month, students get together to spar.  We also have sparring from time to time in class with varying levels of contact, but this is a class specifically set aside for sparring and applying the principles we learn during regular classes.

Who can attend?

All adult students are encouraged to attend.  All children with yellow belts and above are encouraged to attend.   Contact sparring is only permitted for students wearing a full set of protective gear including head gear, mouth guard, chest guard, shin/foot protectors, fist/forearm protection.

What will classes be like?

Classes will consist of the usual warmup and stretch followed by basics geared toward sparring.  We will do partner drills specifically for sparring techniques.  Finally, we will have 20-30 minutes of free sparring, rotating every 3 minutes or so.

What are the rules?

School sparring rules are posted in the school.  No punching above the shoulder, no kicking below the belt or to the face.

What if I don’t want to get hit?

Communicate this with your sparring partner and don’t put on any gear.  Students are only permitted to engage in contact sparring if they are wearing protective gear.

How do I spar with a person who is a much lower rank than me?

You have a few choices in how to spar with someone who is a much lower rank/skill level.  You can simply do non-contact sparring.  Or, you can “be a moving target for your partner”.  In this case, you simply put your hands behind your back and move around, giving the lower rank student the opportunity to hit you while you try (with varying levels of effort) to avoid getting hit.  If your partner is a much lower rank but is wearing fighting gear, (a new green belt who just started sparring, for example), you can have them decide to “defend-only” where you attack with a variety of techniques and your lower ranking partner simply focuses on blocking.

What should I do if I get hit?

Tell your partner “nice shot”

What should I do if someone puts their foot right next to my face or holds their kick back from hitting me full force?

Tell your partner “you got me”.  Learn to recognize instances when you would have been hit and your partner was just being courteous.  If you ignore this and think your partner made a mistake, you may not get the same level of courtesy next time.

What should I do if I get hurt?

Take a knee and stay down a minute, don’t rush to get back up.  Don’t be a hero.  Injuries often seem insignificant at first.  It is better to sit out a few rounds to make 100% sure that you are okay.  Ice packs are available for bruises which can occur if you kick an elbow or get kneed in the thigh, etc.  Bruised egos are extremely common and extremely helpful.  Remember the tenets of perseverance and indomitable spirit and have patience with yourself and your class mates.

Sounds scary, why would anyone want to do this?

Injuries are rare and sparring it a lot of fun.  Without applying what we practice in drills in class to actual contact sparring, you’ll never know “what it’s like”.  The more accustomed you are to sparring, the more relaxed you will be in an actual confrontation outside of the school.  For beginning students, these classes are an excellent way to experience sparring in a very safe manner.

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