Club sparring and competition sparring (optional). All matches are semi-contact with full safety equipment worn to avoid the risk of injury.
The pace of free sparring is fast and furious. In traditional Tae Kwon-Do sparring you are awarded points for striking with control, target areas to the front of the body and the head.
No contact is allowed bellow the belt or the back of the body. Winners are decided from a point stop system with referees constantly monitoring the bout to keep strict control on contact.
Concentration, techinque, skill, balance, dynamics and elegance are just a few requirements needed to perform these sequences of prearranged movements against imaginary opponents.
This is taught from the very first lesson with pre-arranged movements against real opponents being introduced as the student progresses. This helps your confidence if you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in a dangerous situation.