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I thought a good topic of discussion would be sparring

when you spar

  • what equipment do you use?
  • what safety rules do you use ?
  • how soon will you let someone spar?
  • what level of contact ?
  • how important is sparring to you ? 

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Saltikan sparring no body armor but protection for the head, elbows, hands & knees!

full speed, 100% power & timing!

No grappling emphasis on the weopon!

In our classes we sparred as part of every class after about a week of training.  Primarily it was with padded sticks, with the only equipment being goggles for eye protection.  There was no such thing as "non-target" areas, but head blows were largely with control (some exception for more advanced students).

Of course our advanced students sparred with live sticks, again with only goggles as safety equipment, and head shots were done with control.  We had no serious injuries, just minor cuts and bumps and bruises.

Our target emphasis was on the hands with both padded and live sticks.  We chose to make the sparring as realistic as we possibly could, without serious injury. 



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