- Jan 14, 2016
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When does your school allow students to spar and how often does your school spar?
Sparring is optional? So it's not part of your organization's testings?
It can be. Depends on what my instructor wants to do. Most of us spar. A couple choose not to. Several are not able to, due to physical disabilities. Gotta understand, our 'organization' is our Sensei, who is 9th dan and VP of our worldwide organization. What he says goes. No court approved it.
I always hate answering these questions. It alway seems to me that there's an agenda here. Why on earth do you want to know?
I'm not here to say "y'all don't spar, y'all aren't legitimate blah, blah, blah....." I'm curious to see how school's handle those who don't want to spar. This could be to physical limitations, or it's just something they don't want to do. That is what I was curious about for your circumstances specifically.
As soon as the instructors feel an individual is ready to begin sparring that individual is invited. Sparring is optional but most all do.
We begin with a higher level who is calm and work at the level the beginner works and is a process for all to learn how to spar.
I started from day one. It was he last bit of every training. Of course, the beginner was guided by one of the advanced students. Two beginners together is pointless.
"...white belts can hurt you bad." LOL so true!!!Exactly. Teaching / learning. It's as much a test of the experienced student as it is the newer student. How well do you stand there and only do defensive techniques, encourage the new student to fight correctly and well, introduce corrections without hurting someone physically or being cruel? It's not always easy to stand there and let the newbie make mistakes on you; experience has taught me that white belts can hurt you bad.
This is about the same for my school with the exception that they probably don't do sparring now being that I haven't taught a class at the school in 3 months. I'll be glad when I can get back back to hard trainingAll students are allowed to spar, but it is not mandatory. We spar often but not every class or even every other class. Random intervals.
It is dependent on the student and their dedication. If a student comes in twice a week, then they usually will spar once a week. If a student comes in six days a week, they usually spar around three days that week.