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Sparring Types

Here is a list of the various types of sparring that may be available to students during the Saturday General Practice times. Please bear in mind that all students must first have their student waiver signed by themselves (and if a minor, by their parents or guardians) before sparring during General Practice.

Please note that groin protection and a mouthpiece are required for all types of sparring during General Practice. All sparring must be supervised, and all students must follow all safety requirement at all times.

Type
Rules
Targets/Techniques
Gear
Boxing
Standard boxing rules
Punches to above-the-waist targets
Gloves, headgear optional but recommended
TKD/Karate Point Sparring
Standard point sparring rules, light to medium contact
Kicks and punches. Nothing below the belt, or behind the side seams of the uniform. Kicks to the head legal, punches to the face only legal when agreed upon beforehand
Headgear, kicks/punches (foot/hand protection)
Olympic TKD Sparring
Continuous point sparring, medium to heavy contact
Kicks and punches. Nothing below the belt, or behind the side seams of the uniform. Kicks to the head legal, punches to the face not legal
Headgear, kicks/punches, chest protector
Muay Thai Sparring
Continuous sparring, medium to heavy contact, standard MT kickboxing rules
Strikes/Kicks only--elbows, knees, and low kicks legal. No kicks to joints. Punches to face legal, as is striking from the clinch.
Gloves, kicks, and shinpads, headgear optional but recommended
Submission Wrestling
Standard submission wrestling rules
No striking, small joint locks, pressure points, or hair pulling. Submission by tapout.
None necessary--no striking.
Defense Practice Sparring
Varies based on scenario training
Varies based on scenario training
Fingerless gloves/headgear/chest protection optional depending on sparring type
MMA Sparring
Strict UFC sparring rules
Strikes, kicks, submissions all legal.
Fingerless gloves, headgear optional but recommended for beginners