What is a sparring point?
This is something I noticed yesterday, and I mention it in the spirit of education and learning. Here is the scenario:
1) Blue Competitor is moving with his hands up.
2) Red Competitor lunges in with a reverse punch. In the process of throwing the reverse punch, his facemask grazes the hand that is held up in guard by the Blue Competitor. Blue competitor's hand is even retreating as blue competitor flinches at the sudden movement and tries to shell up. Red Competitor's reverse punch then lands immediately afterward and squarely to the Blue Competitor's Body.
3) Judges unanimous call - Red Competitors reverse punch scores.
4) Father of Blue Competitor loses his composure and begins yelling from the sidelines insisting that his son scored first and the judges don't know what they are doing.
Many things are judgment calls. All the trained and certified judges scored the reverse punch but not the Red competitor running into the blue competitor's hand as the blue competitor shelled up. Why did they do this? Was it the correct call?
To help as one considers this I will supply the Pro-Mac/NASKA Rule that governs this (the rules governing this event): (HINT-The answer is clearly contained in the rule governing what is a point).
Section 7.03 WHAT IS A SPARRING POINT?
A point is a sport karate technique that is scored by a competitor in-bounds and up-right (not considered
down) without time being called that strikes a competitor with the allowable amount of focused touch
contact and focused control to a legal target area.
(a) Focused Touch Contact: the legal amount of contact allowed to certain scoring areas.
(b) Focused Control: an amount of controlled force that would have incapacitated the opponent, at
least momentarily, if the technique had not been controlled.
Therefore, only sport karate techniques that would have incapacitated the opponent, at least momentarily,
if the technique had not been controlled, are considered points. (Ex. A front hand to the body that does not
have “focused control” is not considered a proper sport karate scoring technique.)
Revision - Class will Now Be Closed tonight 2/6/2020 at the McArthur Location. It appears almost everyone has the Flu or flulike symptoms. We will meet as scheduled next week and evaluate at that time if we need one more class day to prepare for testing, which we may do so we can work a bit on the Memphis Open!! ... See MoreSee Less
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PROMAC Competitor Spotlight for October 2019 Come Join Joey at the Music City SmacDown Nationals on October 26, Nashville, TN.
Name: Joey Coey
Hobbies: Taekwondo and Baseball
Martial Arts School: TNT Martial Arts
Martial Arts Instructor: Peter Phi
Base System(s) of Martial Arts: Taekwondo
Team Affiliation: Team TNT
League Affiliation(s): (example ASKC, PRO-MAC, NASKA): ASKC, PRO-MAC, NASKA
Brief Biography: With a huge heart, Joey has never met a stranger! He brings this heart to his martial arts school and the competitive circuit. After entering kindergarten in 2018, Joey needed a little more to keep him occupied. As luck would have it, Joey’s parents enrolled him into Taekwondo. He diligently worked his way to an advanced yellow belt. Unbeknownst to young, Joey…things were about to get a LOT MORE exciting. After watching his sister compete at Pro-Mac tournaments, Joey decided that this was the thing to try. Initially, participating in the first timer’s division at a ProMac tournament, Joey fell in love with sport martial arts! The first timers division helped Joey overcome the fear of entering the ring, and once this last hurdle was crossed, there was no stopping him! Joey continues to improve his technique and then test it in sport competition. Joining Team TNT, Joey now represents his school and team at many tournaments! His favorite events are traditional forms and point sparring. When asked what he likes about the martial arts, Joey tells us, “I like martial arts because I get to learn cool moves and patterns. I love sparring because it teaches me how to protect himself.” When asked what his goals are, he says, “I want to win a tournament and I want to learn how to use kamas!” Now, at the beginner orange belt level, it is going to be a treat to watch this young man grow, as he competes on the circuit.
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