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MA - White Belt / Black Stripe - Sparring (YELLOW TAG)


Students are awarded a yellow tag once they have shown competency in sparring and the principals involved with that. Sparring is against live opponents, where reactions are predictable but sometimes very surprising.

High Cover to Counter Jab or Cross
Pivot to Counter Groin Kick
Shadow Sparring
Tie Own Belt



High Cover

Demonstrate High Cover to a Jab then Counter

Demonstrate High Cover to a Cross then Counter

The first Technical component of sparring consists of demonstrating a High Cover performed correctly countering a straight punch and then proceeded by a counter attack of your choice

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Demonstrate Pivot to a Groin Kick then Counter

The second Technical component of sparring consists of a self-defence technique by demonstrating a Pivot performed correctly countering a Groin Kick and then proceeded by a counter attack of your choice.

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1 Round Shadow Sparring

Demonstrate correct technique, and understanding

Ensure you have correct footwork and stance

Maintain both offensive and defensive techniques

Always think about how to improve your moves

Never forget to use shadow sparring to predict combinations based on your opponents moves.

Shadow Sparring is one of the most useful training tools you can develop to improve your technique. Once you have developed shadow sparring your strikes will be pin point accurate and your defence impenetrable. For now focus on standing strong in correct stance and staying on balance whilst you strike and defend against an imaginary opponent.

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Tying of the Belt

Demonstrate how to correctly tie your White Belt.

1 Start by placing the middle of the belt just below your belly button.  Then wrap the belt around the back

2 Cross the belt over behind your back and bring the ends back to the front.

3 Place the right end over the top of the left end.

4 Tuck that original right end (now on the left side of your body) underneath both the left end and the centre of the belt.

5 Continue that end through the loop it formed

6 & 7 Now the other end loops up and behind the first end and between the waist band of belt.

8 Now pull tightly on both ends to fasten your belt.

Knowing how to tie your belt so the ends are even and the belt is presentable will ensure that everyone knows you take your training seriously. Your belt represents your progress and what you know, firstly by its colour and secondly by the coloured tags which are attached to it. N.B. This method of tying ensures the belt does not fall loose with hard training.

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