• One-Way Two-Step Sparring - The attack is
executed only while stepping forward and the defense while stepping backward.
• Two-Way Two-Step Sparring - Both attacks and defenses
are executed while stepping both forward and backward.
Advanced 2-Step-Sparring is required for promotion when testing for 4th Geup, Low Blue
Belt. It should begin with a simple bow to your partner. The bow should
be at 15o, while looking at your partner's eyes. The junior student should come up from
the bow after their senior. All routines are to be performed in a formal manner with a high degree of discipline.
When performing this level of step-sparring the student should keep the following points in mind:
Distance is important at this level of step sparring, but it should no longer be critical to measure every time.
At this level of Step Sparring the student should have a good understanding of the concept of distance.
Two-Step Sparring is not intended for the attacker to show off. The emphasis should be on the defender's
• Students should be familiar with all terminology to ensure that the Step-Sparring
routines proceed smoothly and there are no delays.
• Instructions given to sparring partners should be simple,
clear, easily understood, and technically correct.
• It is important that the defender use correct stances,
and that all blocks are executed properly and with the appropriate tools.
• It is important that the
student ensure that all attacks and counter-attacks use appropriate tools and are directed at suitable vital spots.
• The student should not be in a hurry - step sparring is sloppy when it is carried out in a fast motion.
• An appropriate block, attack,
or counter-attack is a technique that is taught to the student at their belt level or a technique that is in one of the
patterns up through their testing pattern.
Number and Type of Counter-Attacks:
Advanced 2-Step Sparring should include up to three counter-attacks.
(Double kicking techniques and 2-kick consecutive techniques will count as a single counter-attack.) These counter-attacks
may consist of either combination foot-hand-foot or combination hand-foot-hand techniques. These counter-attacks
may only consist of techniques that are taught to the student at their belt level, to include required kicks, as well as
all techniques used in patterns up through their testing pattern. This is pattern Yul-Gok if the student
is testing for 4th Geup, Low Blue Belt.
Explanation of Step-Sparring Format:
Both the attacker and the defender will step into a Parallel
Ready Stance, with the attacker stepping to the right and the defender stepping to the left. The defender
will tell the attacker what stance to start the attack from and what attacks are to be executed by the attacker.
These attacks will consist of either a combination foot-hand attack or combination hand-foot attack.
Distance measurement is no longer considered critical at
this level, since the student should already have a good understanding of the concept of distance. However,
if it is needed it will be conducted as follows: both students must come to attention; and the attacker will step forward
into either a right or left L-Stance placing his/her lead foot between the defender's feet.
The defender will tell the attacker which set of attack sequences (hand/foot or foot/hand) are to be used by the
attacker, as well as which Stance to start from.
The attacker will step back with his/her foot into the appropriate L-Stance and executes a middle Guarding Block
with the Outer Forearm. The attacker must ki-ap at the same time as he/she executes the Guarding Block.
Although the defender may start from either a Parallel Ready
Stance or from an L-Stance, it is recommended that he/she start from a Parallel Ready Stance at this level.
At the same time that the attacker steps back into his/her preparatory stance, the defender moves into the appropriate
stance. The defender must then ki-ap to signal his/her readiness to begin.
Attack and Block:
The attacker executes the first of the prearranged sequence of attacks and the defender executes the first appropriate
level defensive technique. The blocking technique should only result in light contact.
Second Attack and Block:
The attacker executes the second of the prearranged sequence
of attacks and the defender executes the second appropriate level defensive technique. The blocking technique
should only result in light contact.
The defender will execute up to three appropriate counter-attacks and ki-ap with his/her last punch or kick.
The defender may move into another appropriate stance prior to, during, or at the end of the counter-attacking motion.
If the last counter-attack is a kick, the defender will step down with the kicking leg into an appropriate stance.
There is no need for the defender to attempt to have their counter-attacks make more than light contact
with the attacker.
Return to Ready Position:
Both the attacker and the defender will step into a Parallel Ready Stance,
with the attacker stepping backward and the defender stepping forward. The attacker returns to a ready
position after the defender has initiated a movement to return to the A-B line into a ready position
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