I really like david's springboard concept a lot.
I take a lot of stock in the kumites for sparring training to develop a specific technique for a specific stimulus. Especially my favorites are the Uechi cross-block against middle to high roundhouse and crescent kicks, and the crane block against the same but were particularly effective against rear-leg kickers. These blocks are extremely effective against korean stylists and other high kickers; I mean extremely
effective, and I like best to complete the circle on the last block of Kyu-Kumite, close the distance fast 9and you've gotta be fast), and strike with the hands. I parry
when I perform the first section of Kyu Kumite. This training comes in handy for fast aggressive punchers.
To break these techniques out of the kumite and practice them as floor-exercises, I see as good.
When I trained, the order of priority for me was:
(1) Sparring -- for which there is absolutely no close second. Everyone fights differently.
(2) Many combinations, lots of 'em; either shadow boxing style or with a partner,
(3) Bagwork -- lots of bagwork -- gotta have bagwork, essential.
(4) I never trained Kyu- or Dan- Kumite to use for sparring, never. But those aforementioned techniques, and others from the kumite , were always AUTOMATICALLY at my fingertips and stopped many kicks to the head and to the ribs, and
(5) Kata --Yes, good stuff is in there too, let's not forget the kata.
I did a lot of other stuff too to train, but the above was kind of my bread-and-butter. Oh, lots of kicking practice; high ones. Got to have fast powerful legs.
Today, I do not teach sparring to my pre-Sankyu students. Rather I teach what I call "sparring concepts." Lots of slow-motion, NOT slow speed, sparring to develop automaticity. I believe the slow motion method, although take much longer to be effective, will, in the long run, produce better sparrers. Besides, I don't want a flying side kick through my living-room TV.
I didn't mean to ramble, but these are some of my thoughts about one sparring philosophy.
[This message has been edited by Allen M. (edited 04-26-99).]