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Continuous Semi-Free Step-Sparring
 
Semi-Free Step-Sparring is the last stage before the student enters into free sparring, though free-sparring can be exercised at all levels as well. The distance between he players as well as the method of attack and defense, the attacking and blocking tools used, and the number of steps to be taken are completely optional.  However, only single sets of attacking and defensive motions are exchanged
 
Continuous Semi-Free Step-Sparring is the required Step-Sparring format for promotion when testing for 1st Dan, Black 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; however measurement is not allowed for Continuous Semi-Free Step-Sparring.  At this level of step-sparring the student should have a good understanding of the concept of distance.  Also, both partners should make sure to use proper stances and correct distance so that they do not injure each other.

• It is important that the student demonstrates General Choi's idea that any of the Techniques used are capable of ending a conflict with "one kick or one punch".

• 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 students should not rush or be in a hurry to complete their routines.

• 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 patterns. 

 

Number of Attacks/Counters:                        

      In Continuous Semi-Free Step-Sparring there is no predetermined number of attacks/counter-attacks to be executed by each participant.  However, they are sets of attacks/counter-attacks with accompanying blocks.  The final counter-attack by the original defender is decisive and is not blocked.  The attacking moves are to be either a foot/hand/foot, or a hand/foot/hand set of techniques.  The defender must counter each attack with the same class of counter-attack as that used by the attacker.  (i.e. a foot attack to answer a foot attack and a hand attack to answer a hand attack.)  If the attacker executes a flying attack technique, then the defender must execute a flying block and answer with a flying attack.  These attacks and 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.  These are patterns Chung-Mu if the student is testing for 1st Dan, Black Belt. 

Distance Measuring:

     Distance measurement is not allowed for Continuous Semi-Free Step-Sparring, since students at this level should already have a good understanding of the concept of distance. 

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. 

Next Move:                       

     Both the attacker and the defender will step back into an L-Stance.  The attacker must ki-ap to signal his/her intention to execute the first attack. 

First Attack and Block:             

     The attacker executes an appropriate hand or foot attack.  The defender will simultaneously execute an appropriate block.  The blocking technique should only result in light contact.

First Counter-Attack and Block:        

     The original defender executes an appropriate type of hand or foot counter-attack like that used in the first attack.  The original attacker will simultaneously execute an appropriate block.  The blocking technique should only result in light contact.

Second Attack and Block:                   

     The original attacker executes an appropriate hand or foot attack.  The original defender will simultaneously execute an appropriate block.  The blocking technique should only result in light contact.

Second Counter-Attack and Block:  

     The original defender executes an appropriate type of hand or foot counter-attack like that used in the second attack.  The original attacker will simultaneously execute an appropriate block.  The blocking technique should only result in light contact.

Third Attack and Block:                       

     The original attacker executes an appropriate hand or foot attack.  The original defender will simultaneously execute an appropriate block.  The blocking technique should only result in light contact.

Third Counter-Attack and Block:       

     The original defender executes an appropriate type of hand or foot counter-attack like that used in the third attack.  The original defender will simultaneously execute an appropriate block.  The blocking technique should only result in light contact.

Additional Attacks/Counter-Attacks and Block:

     The exercise will continue with both attacking and counter-attacking until the Test Board suspends the exercise or a three minute time limit expires.

Final Counter Attack:

     The original defender executes an appropriate type of hand or foot counter-attack like that used in the last attack.  It is not necessary for the original attacker to block the last counter-attack.  There is also no need for the defender to attempt to have their counter-attack make more than light contact with the attacker.

Next Move:                       

     After the original defender has completed his/her last counter-attack, both the original defender and the original attacker will step back into an L-Stance, execute a middle guarding block, and the original defender will simultaneously ki-ap.  However, if the last counter-attack is a kick, the defender will first step down with the kicking leg into an appropriate stance, then both the original defender and the original attacker will step back into an L-Stance, execute a middle Guarding Block, and the original defender will simultaneously ki-ap.

Return to Ready Position:       

     Both the original defender and the original attacker step forward into a Parallel Ready Stances.  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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