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Im also a big fan of contact sparring as a substitute , under various rulesets sometimes designed for conditioning purposes .
I know some really skilled martial artists that have never really confronted there fear of contact , they have all the tools , and some are incredibly tough , but having never being able to get themselves there ... have severely limited there ability to utilise their skills.
Rick Wilson wrote:Josann:
You are absolutely correct another safety failure is no head shots. I am not sure there is much head contact that can be done safely but I do agree if you have never been hit in the head it is also another experience.
So yes some experience with head contact is needed. We have a few drills for this but I will say we do not do much intentional hard head contact – now unintentional….
Hey Kumites can be done with intensity and impact so if that works for folks then they should do them. Drills just have to serve a purpose testing your blocking and avoiding and conditioning in Kumites or anything else you find in them is a purpose. The foundation Conditioning Drills are prearranged.
Van and Ray:
BOB looks like an excellent tool and I liked the clips. The Kenpo was nice and I loved the stick work clip.
Marcus - yeah we tend to agree on a lot fo things.
I think a head shot can even kill you, it just depends on the relative size of you and your opponent
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