Taekwondo is Sparring

As a practicing Martial Artists for the last 40 years if there were anything that I could pinpoint that helped me become the person and Instructor I am today it would be hands down, sparring.

Why sparring?

The answer for me is pretty simple… Sparring is the entire enchilada, the full meal deal.

Here’s what I mean…

When you combine the intrinsic values such as discipline, focus, and courage with the physical skills of footwork, kicking, punching, and fitness into one discipline that tests each equally and unequivocally, there is nothing, and I mean nothing better for building rock solid character and bullet proof self-esteem than sparring.

It just doesn’t make sense to practice fighting without fighting… It’s like practicing how to swim without actually getting into the pool. No matter how hard and diligent you practice you’ll never get to experience the full benefit of your hard work or reap it’s rewards.

Now I’m not one to advocate and teach children how to bully and hurt each other, that’s certainly not what I’m about, it’s the intrinsic and physical attributes that they get from the act of sparring that are so, so valuable.

I’m not going to sugar coat it, it is a contact activity, your child will get hit and they will hit, it’s the nature of the beast… It is a Martial Art.

For some parents this could be a hard pill to swallow, but this is one pill that is easier taken in a controlled, safe environment, that promotes and practices safety, respect and comradeship versus the skewed Hollywood misconception of the Martial Arts as violent, brutal and dangerous… Which couldn’t be farther from the actual truth.

What about injuries?

Sure, occasionally there will be bumps and bruises, but the injuries are no more severe than if they fell down in the playground, or got hit with a soccer ball.

There are also strict rules and protocol in force, and with the required sparring gear, safety is paramount.

What are the benefits?

Here are just a few…

  1. Increased Focus
  2. Distance Control
  3. Quicker Reflexes
  4. Learning Strategy
  5. Better Timing
  6. Better Rhythm
  7. Better Balance
  8. Endurance
  9. Courage
  10. Improved Fitness
  11. Empathy
  12. Awareness

The long and the short is that the when the benefits for your child easily outweigh the deficits… Well you get the picture.

Encourage them to spar… It WILL give them that unfair advantage in Life.

Isn’t that what we want for our kids?

By: Master Tim Bell

 

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One Response

  1. Very well written blog post Master Bell! Well done!

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