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!

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ViRTUAL TAEKWON-DO Dojang goes live for testing!!

This coming week the ViRTUAL TAEKWON-DO Dojang will begin testing! Master Rhee has contacted a lucky few ITFA Instructors and Associates to trial a session to ensure the service runs smoothly and test out all the functions available. Once testing is complete, ViRTUAL TAEKWON-DO will announce when it is to go live and start taking bookings. All potential students will be able to book and pay for online sessions. ViRTUAL TAEKWON-DO will be offering access daily and multi deal packages. What a great present for Christmas!!! Jump online and buy yourself, a family member or a friend a voucher to access a session with Master Rhee now!!!

Master Rhee explains technique to a Junior student

Master Rhee explains technique to a Junior student

ViRTUAL TAEKWON-DO Pending launch

Master Rhee is in the process of putting his ViRTUAL teaching dojang together in order to take his first online students. He is also busy putting together images and content to put on the website and get the Facebook page up and running. It’s all go go go!!!

As soon as he has a launch date in place, you will all be the first to know!

Master Rhee with some of his younger ITFA students

Master Rhee with some of his younger ITFA students

In the meantime, Master Rhee’s Sydney classes re-start next week. Check out www.ITFA.com.au for more information.