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Sparring is a core activity in any martial art, and failing to test your fighting ability through controlled sparring is akin to learning to drive a car without ever getting into the driving seat. Sparring improves your physical abilities, but is so much more than just punching and kicking a like-minded opponent, for it also has amazing character-building qualities. It is something that almost anyone can enjoy, regardless of their age, size, ability or gender, and with full-contact, semi-contact, light-contact, no-contact, point-fighting and continuous sparring, to name but a few, there is almost certainly a type of sparring to suit everyone.
Topics covered include: How to warm up correctly to reduce the risk of injury, how to achieve improved flexibility, and how to develop the box [side] split and front-split stretch. Conditioning exercises to toughen the body and strengthen the core. Solo-training drills and partner-training drills. Defensive techniques to use against a kick, punch or combination attack. Effective counter-methods that enable the martial artist to return successful attacks. Sparring drills for all levels. Point-sparring drills for explosive attacks.