Step Sparring – the enigma of Taekwon-Do???

As time goes by, and Taekwon-Do becomes more fragmented around the World, one part of the ITF syllabus which seems to be being lost is Step Sparring.

General Choi included Step Sparring in the syllabus as an important introduction to Self-Defence. The idea of the progression from 3 Steps to 2 Steps to 1 Step is to allow the student to learn correct distancing for each tool and to practice moving around an opponent.

Lauren & Tamiah

ITFA Junior grades learning 3 Step Sparring

Three Step Sparring is the most important of ALL sparring systems to master as it provides the foundation for all other forms of sparring. As it is introduced in the grading syllabus moving from 8th Kup to 7th Kup, it should initially be hand techniques only to allow the beginner to build confidence. Two Step Sparring introduces blocking to a hand technique, followed by a foot technique. One Step Sparring should be hand technique only as Foot Sparring covers foot technique.

Teaching 2 Step-Sparring

Master Rhee teaching 2 Step-Sparring at an ITFA IIC

There is also confusion surrounding the number of counters that are required. The Founder designed Taekwon-Do as a Self-Defence Martial Art. Therefore, he enforced ‘Victory with one blow’. When performing counters in Step Sparring only one technique should be required to counter. It should be the most effective technique known to the Student i.e. correct distancing to a vital spot using a tool that will work. This encourages the student to develop relative to their level of knowledge. Therefore, students should practice using counters from their current grade pattern and below. This encourages the student to think for themselves and learn to apply movements from their pattern, rather than learning a pattern simply for choreography.

To learn more about the systems of Sparring and how they help develop your and your students ability to defend themselves, book in for a ViRTUAL TKD session today!

VR-TKD Admin