Sparring Question

Discussion on the three big Chinese internals, Yiquan, Bajiquan, Piguazhang and other similar styles.

Re: Sparring Question

Postby Trick on Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:11 pm

Bao wrote:Ok, I see. I never mentioned tuishou, only spoke about Bagua. Real use as it was intended was meant.

Trick wrote:The crux will be to adapt it to all kind of ranges

I don't disagree.

Yes, I just came to think about the OP who want to adapt his TJQ practice to Free Sparring
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Re: Sparring Question

Postby Steve James on Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:10 am

johnwang wrote:
Steve James wrote: If one is in grappling range, for ex., footwork will differ than if one is striking from outside.

Agree! the footwork used in wrestling art is much more different from that that's used in striking art. Here is an examples.

- Step in left leg (north).
- Right leg makes a 1/2 circle.
- Step in left leg again (north east). ...

Do you like his footwork, JW?

Afa as "sparring" footwork/movement for boxing, here's an example;

It's interesting to note that even an offensive fighter thinks first about defense, and develops the offense from there.
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Re: Sparring Question

Postby DeusTrismegistus on Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:56 am

The most important thing about sparring is that it is practicing fighting, not actually fighting. With a good partner you can vary the speed, contact, and allowable techniques so you can develop your skill. Distance, timing, and perception are basic skills which need to be developed. You need to be able to always know what your distance is and what can reach the opponent, then learn how to tell what the opponent can use against you. Timing is knowing when to execute a technique. You will try and fail many times so you can feel proper timing. Perception is being able to sense the opponents position. This includes not just where their center is but also their feet, knees, elbows, hands, head, and torso. Eventually you can feel what your opponent will do as soon as they decide to do it.

Sparring should be done in a way where you can practice your skills without being overwhelmed. This allows you to learn to relax and feel what is happening. You can also learn what it feels like to hit and be hit without getting tense or having an emotional reaction.

Hard sparring is for testing your skill. As pressure, speed, and contact increase it will show where your actual level of skill is. Just because you can do something slowly or with light contact does not mean you can do it with full contact.
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