Full Contact Sparring Matches

This article provides an overview of the management of a Tensoku Ryu full contact sparring match. It does not cover all aspects of the management process. It does not, for example, define the requirements for the physical area in which the matches will be held, nor does it discuss the need for appropriate medical personnel Read More …

Kumite Sparring Matches

This article provides an overview of the management of a Tensoku Ryu Kumite sparring match. It does not cover all aspects of the management process. It does not, for example, define the requirements for the physical area in which the matches will be held, nor does it discuss the need for appropriate medical personnel who Read More …

Things to Avoid When Sparring

In Tensoku Ryu we teach that self-preservation is paramount. Self-defense and offensive actions are secondary. A similar model is useful when you are sparring. If you are not protecting yourself adequately or avoiding actions that place you at increased risk then you will likely not fare well. Presented below are a number of things you Read More …

Sparring Strategies

Sparring strategies is another topic that lends itself to a full book discussion, but we will cover a few basic strategies you might initially employ to get you started. Learn from your opponents by adopting some of their winning strategies and by finding ways to exploit their inherent weaknesses. Each paragraph below explores a unique Read More …

Sparring Equipment

The armor above was used in a different context, but its purpose was the same – to protect the person wearing the equipment, to the extent possible, from injury. Failure to wear appropriate equipment would have been a terrible mistake during feudal Japanese battles, just as failure to wear appropriate sparring equipment is a terrible Read More …

Being Hit

Few people enjoy being hit. Nearly everyone has an innate fear of being struck. Students may dislike the idea of receiving a painful injury, worry that they may lose consciousness, or be concerned about long-term health risks. These are of course all legitimate concerns. But, believe it or not, being hit has benefits. The first Read More …