We neither spar nor train for tournament fighting or participate in Mixed Martial Arts events.
For the safety of the participants in such events, all require rules – there is no
way around that need.
Whether it is baseball, football, or martial art training, all training requires a lot of good repetitious practice. If one spars or participates in sparring of any kind, that individual is required to strike targets that are, frankly, less vulnerable – like kicking the body or limiting blows to the limbs to targets like the thicker, muscular thighs. Getting good at doing that, means they have developed the needed habits to actually be good at it. Such is proof that what they do in their training is just what they will do automatically in any fight. Good for them! (With all that kind of training they also develop very strong and fast blows.) Again, good for them. It also means that they will never reflexively strike their opponent's knees, thereby keeping their training and sparring partner's relatively safe – hence, the reasons for the required rules.
Training For Effective Self-protection
Because of the danger inherent in the techniques we teach and practice (e.g., arm breaking, knee smashes to the legs, kicks to the knees and groin, to name a few), sparring, in the sport martial arts sense, is simply too dangerous for use in the light of what we practice, teach, and train. However, sparring-like drills – drills that develop the ability to close on a moving opponent – are a regular part of our training regimen.
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Aug. 6, 2016
by Bob Orlando