ATA sparring

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  1. Rough Rider

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    I've been watching some sparring matches on youtube and I noticed something odd. In ATA matches, everybody wears black chest protectors and head gear, rather that the typical red/blue. Why do they do this? It must be very difficult to score a match if both competitors are wearing the same color.
     
  2. Jaeimseu

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    I suspect it's ATA branded gear in non-typical colors so students have to purchase gear from their instructor.
     
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    When I was with the ATA I had a black chest protector and red head, foot and hand pads. Eventually they got all new black gear in but still sold both in their pro shop.
     
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    It's really not the least bit difficult to score a match between people wearing identical armor. Just because their pads look the same doesn't mean THEY look the same.
     
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    Seriously? Maybe I'm just slow, but in a fast-moving match, I sometimes have a hard time with "Left hand Red, Right hand Blue." I can't imagine having to remember that the left hand clicker is for the guy with the mustache and the right hand clicker is for the guy with the weird mole on his nose.
     
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    Doesn't ATA do point sparring? If you stop the match every time someone makes a hit, you probably don't have to worry about that so much.
     
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    We do point sparring for tournaments. One person has a red ribbon placed on the back of their chest protector to denote that they are the "red" competitor. The other is the "white" competitor. I've never had a problem calling the points even though the competitors are in the same color gear. I hope this helps.
     
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    I don't know you, so I don't have any opinion on whether or not you're slow. I assume not. But I don't find judging matches with identical body armor difficult.
     
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    And I'll add to this that the red competitor is always placed on the center judge's right side. It's not that hard.
     
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    OK, I'm used to continuous sparring where the competitors are constantly moving for a 2 minute round.123
     

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