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newbalance
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 2:34 pm    Post subject: getting started in sparring. Reply with quote

was going to start sparring tonight, but the instructor has to fit me with gear first, so ill be watching tonight.
anways, here is the question. foam or cloth gear? how much should each of them cost? I am getting cloth pads for about $55 total...fill me in here, thanks.
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Sens55
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Joined: 04 Jun 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're just starting out and you're not sure you're going to stick with it, the cloth is definately cheaper. I still like them better for my shins & instep. But, if you plan on sticking with it, foam is better in the long run. Prices can range tremendously, but $55 for a set isn't too bad. A good set of foam will cost much more.
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White_Tiger
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you think you are going to stay with it...get foam. Foam is probably double the price, but if you ever want to compete you will probably have to wear foam. My personal opinion...foam protects you and the other students better also.
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newbalance
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I havent gone over rules with my instructor about sparring, since I havent started doing it yet, so let me ask a couple more questions.
Are head shots ever allowed? fist or kicks?
What constitutes a point? a clean kick to the chest pad? punch to the chest pad?

thanks
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battousai16
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think that depends entirely on the rules of your school
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IAMA_chick
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i use both. i used cloth in the begining and now i use foam now mostly. but definately check with the rules of your school. also, what all are you getting for 55$
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Mr. Hall
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2003 12:09 pm    Post subject: Cloth Reply with quote

Cloth

I find my students have more control over their techniques.
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ramymensa
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

newbalance wrote:
I havent gone over rules with my instructor about sparring, since I havent started doing it yet, so let me ask a couple more questions.
Are head shots ever allowed? fist or kicks?
What constitutes a point? a clean kick to the chest pad? punch to the chest pad?

thanks

It's better to discuss it with your sensei and he'll gladly inform you. There are many sets of rules and it depends on the style, federation and even club so we could help just a bit. Anyway, since you are new to sparring your instructor would be near to tell you if you are doing OK, and what techniques to land
My advice. Try not to kill anybody and be relaxed. Look at the whole thing like a game or something similar. Trust your reflexes, be attentive, try to block and move but also to land some techniques.
You'll enjoy it.
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