Not too long ago, we ran a grappling only tournament. We figured now it was time to run a point sparring only tournament. Hopefully everyone who was bummed there was no point sparring last time is excited this time. Actually, hopefully everyone is excited.
For those who don’t know what point sparring is, I’ll take a moment to go through the basics. Two students stand across from each other, just outside of striking range. Then, on the referee’s command, they try and punch or kick one another. When the referee sees one student touch another, they call “break” and decide who got a point. The first student to five points, or the student with the most points after two minutes wins the match. Students get paired up with other students of comparable size, skill, and age in an effort to make the game as fair as possible. We use a double elimination format to ensure each student gets at least two matches. The contact level is kept light but students should wear a mouthguard and male students should wear a cup.
Our goal with hosting this tournament is to give students a culminating event so that they have a tangible reason to continue honing their martial skills during the no-school days of summer. After the event, we will walk over to the park and share popsicles with anyone who cares to hang out for another half hour.
The event will take place on Saturday, July 20th, from 10-11am at our Capitol Highway campus. Go to the event page for more details and to register.