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Review of Sparring Equipment for Contact Karate P2 - Defining the Subject

Updated on December 5, 2012

What is Sparring

In this series of articles, we will be addressing the padded equipment used by the practitioner (karateka) that pursues an art for personal protection and exercise program.

The Christian Martial Art Fellowship (CMAF) teaches the art of Cha Yun-do, which is a martial art based on personal protection and exercise. Semi-free sparring is a major factor in this art.

There are two basic formats for sparring in a regular karate style program, "free sparring" and "semi-free sparring." Below is a very simplistic definition of the two forms.

Free sparring (free style) is a form of one on one fighting where the opponents are under supervision of a qualified instructor. Though the environment is controlled, there are few rules applied in this contest.

Semi-free sparring is a form of one on one fighting where the opponents are under supervision of a qualified instructor. No intentional full power strikes may be aim at the head, groin or knees. All target areas are open for attack on the opponent, but with this rule strictly enforce.

In either of the above, pads may or may not be worn. For our purposes in this hub, we will be addresing padded fighters in a semi-free sparring format.


Martial Arts vs. Karate

In this series we will be looking at the equipment available and used by students of several of the traditional, long standing martial arts disciplines, including Cha Yun-do.

In particular, we will be reviewing the sparring equipment, the paddings available to the students of the, practitioners of Cha Yun-do, a form of karate, with a foundation of self-defense.

We have used the terms "martial arts" and "karate" several times, so it seems proper to define the difference, and that is simple.

Martial arts means "the arts of war." Therefore, any type or style of "learned" fighting used for combat or personal self-defense could properly be called a martial art.

Karate means "empty hand." Therefore, any type or style of learned fighting used for combat or personal self-defense without the use of a weapon could properly be called karate.

In short, martial arts is any style of fighting. Karate is any style of weaponless fighting.

All karate is a martial art, but not all martial arts are karate.


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