Sunday, November 22, 2009
Chung Do Kwan Sparring
If you search Chung Do Kwan on the web you will find a wide variety of approaches. This is true in both forms and sparring. In regards to forms/hyungs/poomse some organisations practice WTF,ITF or even forms designed by the organizations head. Still other practice older forms/kata with Okinawan and Japanese origins. Some Chung Do Kwan schools practice a WTF style of sparring. Most use protective equipment as well. Some use a stop and start point method.
The posted video is from a recent tournament in Kansas City hosted by Master Thomas Duncan and Master Rudolf Muhammad. The video is a good example of competition sparring under the Yong Taek Chung lineage. There is contact but it is controlled. Safety equipment is optional. There is no contact allowed to the head. Incidental contact receives a warning and if continued constitutes grounds for disqualification.
All in all I believe it to be a balanced and valuable approach to competition sparring. It is hard enough to test technique, spirit and resolve. It is controlled enough to protect participants from serious injury (head trauma via knock out)and more often enough to prevent any injury at all.
How about your organization? Hardcore full contact? A pitty pat game of tag? Maybe it exists in that wide expanse between the two.
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I think that this is an interesting approach to sparring. I have almost always been involved in the "advanced game of tag" sport karate style of foam dipped gear,and stop for points. I've also got a bit of experience in bogu kumite of Ryukyu Kempo/Ryu Te which is quite different. Sometimes its continuous and sometimes its stop call for point.
Our tournaments (sport karate) are full contact to the body, controlled contact to the head and face.
Here is a video of a recent practice a student and I had to prepare for a tournament (against a specific fighter, so my style in the video was mimicking him). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRs9pNPNnjY I'm the guy in black ;-)
It has always been Kyokushin style of full contact for me. There are pros and cons for any type of competition kumite. My experience in Japan taught me that "When in Rome do as the Romans do"; play by their rules and enjoy.
I'm the last guy that needs to get kicked in the head. I'm already a donut short of a dozen.
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