We practice 2 types of sparring at the NLTKD.
- Step sparring
- Free sparring
Step Sparring is a sparring drill in which the attacker and defender pre-arrange a sequence of attacks and blocks. Step Sparring are run as drills of
3-Step Sparring teaches the student many things i.e. proper distance, correct facing, forearm conditioning, correct blocks, correct stance & counter attacks and timing. All attackers start in left walking stance, obverse low section outer forearm block. All defenders start in parallel ready stance then counter-attacks once using any technique.
2-Step Sparring – same as 3-Step, but with only two attacks/defends before the counter-attack.
1-Step Sparring – there is only one set attack and the defender defends, and then counter-attacks once using any technique he or she chooses. It is not pre-arranged.
1-Step Sparring – there is only one attack, the attacker may attack with any technique he or she chooses. The defender defends, and then counter-attacks once using any technique. It is not pre-arranged. 1-Step sparring is considered the most “advanced” version of Step Sparring.
Free Sparring is different from step sparring in that nothing is pre arranged. Both students practice attack and defence using full safety equipment to head, hands, feet and shin and groin guard. Gum guard is also recommend. Only Light contact is permitted and no attacking a fallen opponent, leg sweeping, holding/grabbing, or intentional attack to a target other than the opponent.