Kung chi do - Sparring
Systematic sparring is one of the key elements of Kung chi do. It is important for students to understand the importance of sparring in the architecture of Kung chi do. Sparring will be taught from the student's introduction to Kung chi do and through out. First, students will be taught kumite with techniques composed of certain simple, limited steps or movements. Once students learn control and develop a level of confidence they will advance to sparring with pre-arranged multiple techniques. These arranged techniques consist of certain steps letting opponents know what he or she will be doing.
Once students have full control and confidence, they will advance to sparring with half or partial contact. Half contact can be described as any strike implemented with full force, but quickly stopped within the range of two inches before the strike reaches the opponent. This method will teach students the control they need for their introduction to free sparring and full contact.
Once students achieve the required level of control and confidence they will be instructed in full contact fighting. Appropriate, protective gear will be worn by both opponents always. These methods and ideas of sparring are developed TOOLS very important to Kung chi do.
Many martial artists have realized that techniques which students learn during their basic and advanced training in the Arts can be very difficult to implement effectively during sparring. The reason is due to the complex composition of sparring. It is composed of physical, technical, spiritual and psychological aspects. Martial artists learn many techniques, but actually use only a few. Why is this? What are the reasons? Why don't high, ranking martial artists use more techniques more effectively. So to make the concepts of sparring more simple and real new methods have been developed in a scientific way; the Kung chi do way.
Sparring is a complex issue, which depends upon many factors such as:
While sparring most students are not able to use proper techniques with proper timing. The reason is that an opponents actions can not be predicted precisely without many, many years of experience. In Kung chi do students will learn to offset this handicap by maintaining the profile and proper distance of the opponent as required.
Kung chi do also studies vigorous attacks, counter attacks and other possible attacks from opponents. Students can be taught how to break these types of attacks. An example would be to change directions followed by a series of quick counter attacks. It is not easy, but continuous practice and exposure to kumite will help a lot.
Then to aid student's confidences, they will be taught three different fighting styles. The purpose of this break down is to know more about the all kinds of opponents.
Kun chi do sparring techniques can be divided into three categories:
Short range sparring
Medium range sparring
Long range sparring.
Some tips for quick reactions:
Once student will understand all these concept, it will be worth while to mention the new concept of Tools. Tools are simply the series of combinations of various techniques prepared for both offenses and deffenses. It can be combination of series of attacks or one attack only or two attacks or vice versa.
In Kung Chi do student will learn many techniques and way to develop techniques and implement it as needed on right time and place. However mastery in these tools will take continuous practice and understanding not only the techniques but also the physics, kinematics, dynamics and psychology. This scientific approach of learning sparring will help to be better expert in concerned field. Concept of tool is the kind of resources you will accumulate and developed for yourself for sparring purposes.
But most critical issue is the mastery on tools and timing. As time factor is one of the most critical, one shall practice hard and continuously to cut the time down. In other words to be faster and gain swiftness.
Once you will learn all and will become good expert on sparring, you must not forget the ethics of Martial Arts and philosophy of Kung chi do.
So the true Martial Artist will know once power and and opponents power. True Martial Artist will recognize Skillful, Powerful opponent and respect them and learn from them. True Martial Artist will respect weak opponent and be more gentle and humble and if they wish one must teach them.
True Martial Artist will be an example and will be asset as a Martial Artist for society teaching people the value of art. Eventually it will bring more good people in our society and will minimize voilent and will try to keep others from others negative activities such as drugs, crime etc.
Real practice of Martial Art can benefit in many ways. It is just a chapter of Sparring.