What's Your Best Sparring Technique?

Discussion in 'Taekwondo Sparring' started by Kevin, May 4, 2012.

  1. Red Dragon

    Red Dragon New Member

    I go for a side kick to the head, then pull my leg back but keep my knee up, and as my opponent comes back towards me for a counterattack, I just straighten my leg again and they just walk right into my foot :3 I usually miss the first kick as I'm quite slow and my opponent can usually just step back slightly out of reach, but they don't expect a second kick so they walk right into it and it pushes them off balance so it's a clear point too :)
  2. Archammes

    Archammes New Member

    I've posted this in another section, but my best technique involves roundhouse/spinning back kick/360 roundhouse. This combination works great for me because I can either do it at range (and walk in to each kick) or from inside, as the roundhouse/spinning back tends to push my opponent just far enough back that I get my choice of high or low for the 360. Outside of that, I've been told I have a really nasty spinning back heel kick. The kids I used to spar with in my youth called it "The Decapitator".
  3. kevin doherty

    kevin doherty New Member

    Reverse side kick.......................................
  4. Wesley Lee

    Wesley Lee New Member

    Straight punch to the head is my favorite.

    It's fast direct and sadly for them, good for me, they do not practice it enough and are shocked when it happens.

    95% of street fights will start with someone punching at your head, you better practice it well.
  5. Blue_Knight

    Blue_Knight Active Member

    The one that my opponent doesn't know about, because I don't tell everyone what it is. :)
  6. Archammes

    Archammes New Member

    What format are you competing in where head punches are legal? 0.o
  7. Charlotte Craig

    Charlotte Craig New Member

    I Like this as I find people do not tend to expect to get punched in the face - I know they should - I like to use a jump knife hand coz it looks cooler and because I'm jumping people expect a kick and lower there hands. lol
  8. Kevin

    Kevin Administrator Staff Member

    Many Taekwondo organisations (e.g. ITF) allow punching to the head. I still find it bizarre that there's organisations that don't allow punching to the head and don't practice sparring with their hands. What's the point in training 10 years in kicking if someone with 2 months of boxing can kick your ass?
  9. Blue_Knight

    Blue_Knight Active Member

    You make a good point, but not using hands in a tournament, does not absolutely translate that a boxer can "kick your a**." First of all, it depends on if you are talking about getting beat in the ring as opposed to getting beat in the street. Those who spend an unbalanced amount of time on sports, might have their real-life self defense suffer. However, there are those who train NOT to punch the face in tournaments, but practice regularly to do so in classroom self defense. Also, just because someone does not ever punch to the face, does not mean they have to be poor at avoiding being punched.

    Taekwondo was designed to use the reach and power of the legs to give an advantage over someone who is punching, but it must be used correctly, and not compared by tournament rules. I don't believe it is likely that a person with 2 months or even 2 years of boxing is going to beat a Black Belt with 10 years of legitimate Taekwondo training. If the Taekwondo fighter steps in a Boxing ring where no kicks are allowed, the boxer might have an advantage, but Taekwondo people do know how to use their hands, even if they don't in tournaments. However if the boxer with 2 months or 2 years experience steps into a Taekwondo ring where punches are not permitted, he will probably lose to a Taekwondo kicker.

    Hand strikes to the face are fairly easy for any novice to do. Not permitting punches to the face in most Taekwondo tournaments was both for safety, and to force beginners to concentrate on improving their kicking skills and doing more advanced kicks (pushing the envelop in research and development of the art) instead of relying on the ease of punching.

    I believe we need to learn to do both well, but rules for sports often misleads what skills lie beneath. Learn to play the game according to the rules, and if the rules change, adapt! In the street, there are no technical rules.

    Blue Knight
  10. svraka1

    svraka1 New Member

    my favourite kick is dollyo chagi
  11. Wesley Lee

    Wesley Lee New Member

    I am a member of the Hae San Martial Arts Association and the Jun Tong Tae Kwon Do Federation. Both are Korean Combat forms of Tae Kwon Do.

    I compete on both associations closed tournament and many open tournaments. In the open tournaments head strikes are allowed, even to the back of the head on some of them.

    Tae is first so trained more but you must have Kwon or else you might as well change the name of your art to Tae Do (see olympic sparring)

    I have sparred with many people who only train the kicking portion and once they get a straight punch to the face their confidence drops. Another shot and they are on the run the rest of the match.

    I have heard this saying about ground specialists take a jujitsu black belt and punch in him the face and now you have a blue belt. Same goes for any martial artist who does not train head strikes. If you are not use to them you will panic.

    There are two major types of Tae Kwon Do: Sports and Combat. In sports head strikes not as important, heck banned in most. In Combat all strikes are trained with very few not allowed in sparring (groin, eye, throat and joints)

    Not to mention the best way to learn to block a head punch is to get punched in the face a few times.
  12. Master Fahy

    Master Fahy Active Member

    At our school we do karate and taekwondo training. In karate sparring we use our hands a lot. When doing taekwondo sparring we use mainly kicking techniques and punching to the body. I have seen and had a student who competed in a tkd tournament and won using only his hands. He was not a boxer, he was a hockey player! He hit the opponents so hard in the body, they quit! Any time you put someone in someone else's arena, they must adapt to their rules. Even the street has rules! Yes, you must know when enough is enough and when to stop or face the consequences of going to jail or being sued! " There are two major types of Tae Kwon Do: Sports and Combat. In sports head strikes not as important, heck banned in most. In Combat all strikes are trained with very few not allowed in sparring (groin, eye, throat and joints) " What my question is this, "If you allow contact to the head and face, why then not allow the contact to the groin, eye,throat and joints?" If you say it's because of the possibility of injury, "Isn't it possible to injure the head as well?" The best way to learn to block a head punch is not to get hit there in the first place! Master Fahy
  13. Kevin

    Kevin Administrator Staff Member

    This time last year I would have agreed with everything you said though after training at a really poor WTF school in Colombia, I would have to disagree. The black belt was second dan and his kicks were amazing. I assumed he was an accomplished martial artist at first but i realised after a few classes this wasn't the case.

    For example, he went up to the punch bag and would punch from his stomach. It was the worst punching I'd ever see anyone do. He didn't teach any self-defence either - senior students who had beautiful kicks didn't know how to punch, do knifehands, grappling or locks. Their kicks were beautiful but in a self defence situation they would struggle. Which is a shame as they were all really nice.

    It's different if students train punching in class but just didn't use them in tournaments. The school I was at didn't even teach punching. It still surprises me. People who had been there for more than 5 years had literally never learned how to throw a punch. They would get beat easily with anyone who did a little boxing. For that I'm certain.
  14. Blue_Knight

    Blue_Knight Active Member

    Well, technically, there is no such thing as a WTF school. The WTF doesn't have schools, and no student, instructor, or school can be a member of the WTF. If this was a Taekwondo school of one association, federation, or independent, they might focus an unbalanced portion of training on sparring according to WTF rules for tournaments, but that would be a shame, and to the detriment of the students.

    What you describe sounds inexcusable to me, and not typical of any legitimate Taekwondo school. Even if punching is done differently, I have never in my 36 plus years, seen a Taekwondo school where the students did not study how to punch, plus do back-fists, hammer-fists, knife-hands, ridge-hands, spear-hands, palm strikes, elbows, and a number of other things in addition to kicking. Self defense, One-steps, and even basic Poomsae (forms) contains a lot of this, and any Taekwondo instructor who is properly trained and certified to teach would absolutely include all of that plus joint locks and at least some basic grappling. What you witnessed sounds to me like the exception to the rule, and a VERY poor example of how to teach. It is not the fault of Taekwondo, but that particular instructor.

    Too much of that going on, but that is definitely an extreme case of failing the student and perhaps fraud.

    Blue Knight
  15. bowlie

    bowlie Well-Known Member

    This. the good ol' one two works wonders, and for some inexcusable reason people like to leave their hands down at their waists.
  16. Blue_Knight

    Blue_Knight Active Member

    Learning to punch is an offensive skill, and while it might be useful to hit someone, I don't see the logic that it will help prevent someone else from punching you. It seems to me that if any percentage of street fights start with someone punching at your head, then it would be wise to learn how to either block/parry such a punch, distance yourself, evade, or use you legs and kicks to prevent the opponent from getting that close.

    As you say, a lot of people don't practice it, which translates as they don't spend enough time practicing how to avoid being punched in the face. However, if I wanted to make a punch my best technique, I would have taken up boxing instead of Taekwondo. I prefer to be good at NOT getting hit with the hands, but use my feet just like my opponent might use his hands, but with the advantage of longer reach, and more power.

    Blue Knight
  17. Archammes

    Archammes New Member

    Oooooor....you could practice your one step sparring techniques until they become second nature. My very first instructor, Master Davila, always told us that the purpose of taekwondo, in relation to self defense, was not to continue a fight. It was to end it as quickly as possible so that we could be safe. In that regard, in a street fight, your very first and "safest" option is simply to remove yourself from the situation. You know, run Forrest run. In the event that you cannot run immediately, most of the one step sparring techniques are designed to provide you that opportunity in short order.
  18. TKD_nate

    TKD_nate New Member

    I just sparred in my first tournament and i found that for me the best kick was a round house kick. Since it was my first tournament i have not really developed a style or experimented with other kicks which will come with time. How ever i did when 3-1 so i was pretty stoked about that .
  19. Nathaniel Flamm

    Nathaniel Flamm New Member

    Lead leg kicks! Holding it in the air and jacking up my opponent!
  20. Nathaniel Flamm

    Nathaniel Flamm New Member

    Double post...sorry!

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