Yes. Used wisely, sparring is a tool that can help students get used to the reality of being attacked, help students with their timing, practice the use of their techniques, increase stamina and improve confidence. Used incorrectly, it gives people an unrealistic perspective on what fighting is like. Hung Leng Kuen uses sparring to compliment it’s training techniques and is a part of the overall learning. Therefore, we employ it regularly.
– Is sparring scary?
There’s no reason for it to be. It may get your adrenaline pumping, but sparring is always supervised and the intention in lessons is never to inflict serious damage on your training partner. At the club you will be partnered-up with those of a similar grade and those who are more experienced than you will bring things down to your level.