How many of you practice free sparring and to what emphasis do you put on its value in training? My personal philosophy is it is an excellent tool to develop ones techniques and ability to defend themselves under stress. Like everything that is good it must be used in moderation. I feel if too much emphasis is on free sparring as opposed to one or three step sparring/kata bunkai we will develop limitations in the targets we engage if we must defend our self. By balancing the two we can help ensure we do not develop a training scar that could get us hurt.