The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Free Sparring

In part 6 of this series, I will be going over the purpose of free sparring, ja yu dae ryun, and how this aspect of Tang Soo Do training fits into the global self-defense system.  As three step sparring is an extension of one step sparring, free sparring is an extension of three step sparring.  The gapContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Free Sparring”

The Point Acquisition Plan – How To Win At Sparring

Fair warning, this may be the absolutely nerdiest thing you have ever seen with respect to karate.  I actually came up with this concept several years ago when I was on a rant in a sparring class.  At one point I went to my white board and started creating a flow chart (yes, I have a whiteContinue reading “The Point Acquisition Plan – How To Win At Sparring”

Counter Techniques for Sparring: Forced vs. Reactive

Throughout my many years of training, I have done a lot of sparring.  I have competed in well over 50 tournaments with varied levels of success.  I have studied sparring with an analytical mind my entire career whether fighting against opponents at a tournament, doing class drills, sparring with friends, or attending seminars.  One thing I learned quicklyContinue reading “Counter Techniques for Sparring: Forced vs. Reactive”