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Two-Way 2-Step Sparring

 

The main purpose of Two-Step Sparing is to help the student acquire a working knowledge of attacking with hands and feet alternately.  It is however, entirely optional whether the attacker uses the hand or foot first.  As in the case of Three-Step Sparring there are two methods of practice; One-Way and Two-Way.

• 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. 

Two-Way 2-Step Sparring is the required Step-Sparring format 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 still very important at this level of step sparring, however it should no longer be necessary 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 performance. 

• 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:        

     Two-Way 2-Step Sparring should include 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 a combination foot-hand-foot or combination hand-foot-hand technique.  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.

Distance Measuring:     

     Distance measurement should no longer be necessary at this level, since student at this level 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. 

Preparatory Move:         

     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 which set of attack sequences (hand/foot or foot/hand) are to be used by the attacker, as well as which L-Stance to start from.

     The attacker will step back with his/her foot into the appropriate L-Stance, execute a middle Guarding Block with the Outer Forearm, and ki-ap at the same time. 

Next Move:                       

     The defender will start from a Parallel Ready Stance, and must ki-ap to signal his/her readiness to begin. 

First Attack and Block:             

     If the attacker begins with a hand attack followed by a foot attack, he/she will step forward into the appropriate stance and execute the appropriate hand attack. 

     If the attacker begins with a foot attack followed by a hand attack, he/she will execute the appropriate rear-leg attack with the foot and step down into the next appropriate stance with the kicking leg after being blocked. 

     As the attacker executes the first of the prearranged sequence of attacks, the defender will step back into a similar stance while executing an appropriate block.  The blocking technique should only result in light contact.

Second Attack and Block:                   

     If the attacker began with a hand attack followed by a foot attack, he/she will now execute the appropriate rear-leg foot attack, and then step down with the kicking leg into the next appropriate stance after being blocked. 

     If the attacker began with a foot attack followed by a hand attack, he/she will now step forward into the next appropriate stance and execute the appropriate hand attack.

     As the attacker executes the second of the prearranged sequence of attacks, the defender will step back into a similar stance while executing an appropriate block.  The blocking technique should only result in light contact.

Counter-Attack:  

     The defender will execute the appropriate counter-attack and ki-ap with his/her last punch or kick.  If the third 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.

Third Attack and Block:

     If the attacker initially began with a hand attack followed by a foot attack, he/she will step backward into the appropriate stance and execute the appropriate hand attack. 

     If the attacker initially began with a foot attack followed by a hand attack, he/she will step backward and execute the appropriate lead-leg foot attack off of the stepping leg, then step down into an appropriate stance with the kicking leg after being blocked. 

     As the attacker executes the third of the prearranged sequence of attacks, the defender will step forward into a similar stance while executing an appropriate block.  The blocking technique should only result in light contact.

Fourth Attack and Block:

     If the attacker initially began with a hand attack followed by a foot attack, he/she will step backward executing the appropriate lead-leg foot attack off of the stepping leg, and then step down with the kicking leg into the next appropriate stance after being blocked.

     If the attacker initially began with a foot attack followed by a hand attack, he/she will now step backward into the next appropriate stance and execute the appropriate hand attack

     As the attacker executes the second of the prearranged sequence of attacks, the defender will step forward into a similar stance while executing an appropriate block.  The blocking technique should only result in light contact.

Final Counter-Attack:    

     The defender will execute the appropriate counter-attack and ki-ap with his/her last punch or kick.  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. 

  

 

SAMPLE TWO-WAY STEP-SPARRING ROUTINES:

                                            Example

First Attack

       (from right L-Stance)

Side Front Snap Kick with right Leg

First Defense

        (step back with the right foot into left Walking Stance)

Low Block With Outer Forearm 

Second Attack

        (stepping forward with the left foot into left Walking Stance)

 High Side Strike with the Back-Fist

Second Defense

        (stepping back into a right Walking Stance)

High Inward Strike with the Knife Hand

Counter-Attack

Lead Leg Side Front Snap-Kick

         (step down)

Side Turning Kick

         (stepping into L-Stance)

High Reverse Punch

Third Attack

        (step back with the left foot into a left L-Stance)

 Lead Leg Side-Front Snap Kick

Third Defense

        (step forward into a left Walking Stance)

Low Block with The Outer Forearm

Fourth Attack

        (Step Back Into a Left Walking Stance)

High Side Strike with the Knife Hand

Fourth Defense

        (step forward into a right Walking Stance)

 High Inward Strike with the Knife Hand

Counter-Attack

Lead Leg Side Front Snap Kick

        (set the foot down)

Side Turning Kick With the Left Foot

        (stepping into L-Stance)

High Reverse Punch       


 

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