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Re: sparring

Post  jasonr on Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:25 pm

Hi Nick.

Great post.

How do you deal with the issue of head trauma in sparring? My major issue and the reason I have switched to grappling oriented styles is that as I get older I don't want to keep getting hit in the head. The medical evidence is also clear: getting hit in the head is bad for you and the cumulative damage of many non-knockout shots is particularly damaging. For me, training is a hobby, not a vocation or desperately-needed-for-daily-survival activity. I'd be really interested in your thoughts.

Jason.

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Re: sparring

Post  Nick Hughes on Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:04 pm

Hi Jason,

One: We didn't have any serious contact to the head. White belts weren't allowed to make any contact. Blue belts could make "light contact" to the body; Green belts could make slightly harder contact to the body; Brown belts were allowed to make "touch contact" to the face and fairly heavy to the body. By the time you got to black belt you were taking solid shots to the body and touch contact to the face.

in the interest of full disclosure "touch contact" to the face occasionally resulted in split lips, bleeding noses or black eyes but I only ever saw knock outs in tournaments. Everyone sparred with control - or at least they were supposed to. Very Happy Gradings and tournaments were a tad more intense for obvious reasons.

Two: Every now and then we put gloves and head gear on, a cup, (some opt for shin guards) and a mouth guard and went for it to experience what getting a solid shot in the head felt like. It also answers the questions of "can I take a punch?"; what's it feel like to hit someone with intent? and "how close do I need to be in a real go.

You don't have to do hundreds of rounds like that to have those questions answered. Once a quarter or a couple of times a year is just fine.

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Re: sparring

Post  jasonr on Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:43 pm

Cheers Nick. Appreciate the reply.

Jason.

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Re: sparring

Post  Mr Nobody on Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:07 pm

Some good posts Nick. And you reinforce what I believe about sparring and martial arts training. It should be hard and physical but that doesn't necessarily mean giving each other concussion every night you train. It should be about training intelligently, ensuring the students know why they are doing something and the goal(s) of the drill.

As a side note, is it just me or are young people these days becoming soft?
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Post  David Turton on Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:46 am

maybe not specifically directed at 'sparring', but my old instructor said every training session should contain discomfort and pain , but never any damage... I believe that should apply to sparring as well

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Post  GOVINDA on Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:10 am

David Turton wrote:maybe not specifically directed at 'sparring', but my old instructor said every training session should contain discomfort and pain , but never any damage... I believe that should apply to sparring as well


I believe you dish out the Pain Dave Very Happy
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Re: sparring

Post  David Turton on Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:12 am

I try sir ... I try

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Post  combatnige on Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:30 am

David Turton wrote:I try sir ... I try

And you bloody succeed Very Happy

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Post  Ade on Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:24 am

combatnige wrote:
David Turton wrote:I try sir ... I try

And you bloody succeed Very Happy

lol! Doesn't he just!
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Re: sparring

Post  GOVINDA on Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:35 am

Ade wrote:
combatnige wrote:
David Turton wrote:I try sir ... I try

And you bloody succeed Very Happy

lol! Doesn't he just!

His reputation reaches far off lands, even over here in spud muncher land, we were going to invade until we heard of the Turton, and what happens if you don't keep your guard up Very Happy










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Post  RichardZ on Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:46 pm

I guess sparring is pointless?

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Post  David Turton on Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:47 am

no training is 'pointless'... its how you USE the training that sometimes makes it pointless

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