Well as a matter of fact...August 4 2012 at 5:43 AM
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Bob Hanes (Login kenpo58)
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I think it really depends on who is teaching, who the student is and how the learning process happens. However with that said. I have little respect for anyone who does not "spar". It basically is being a baby. For me, I would never ever teach anyone to any significant level without waying heavely on it. I would however gladly teach someone just basics and sparring for years without techniques. This is the way it is for me.
One thing is that proper "sparring" builds a sense of distance in a person. An intuitive sense. It also does many other things like temper over-reactions. Also strategy. It also conditions your energy body in many ways. That is if done correctly.
But also I will say that I suppose IF technique in theroy is taught the right way with the right repeditive opponent interactions and pressure on a student you would have a good outcome. But this is predicated on how a non-sparring technique only program would be taught and for me it would have to significantly trancend the theoretical.
IF a person only learns techniques, the way in kenpo schools they are generally taught they can gain a lot of confidence for self defense. Confidence is a good thing. But sometimes confidence can get you hurt if you are not well trained in terms of reactions and other stuff.
On the other hand correct sparring with the right teacher can build humbleness and caution in the long term. Experience built intuition tempored with ingrained mechanical and strategic correctness are created with a good fighting program.
At a base level for me the way to go is, You have a great teacher who is a great fighter. They teach you through sparring. Every time you do something wrong you feel a high speed hit sting you and it hurts. Sometimes those hits ring at high frequency. Other times they dig deep into your body. When you fight them you are exhausted to the point of collapse after like 3 minutes. They force you to relax, to settle down, to not over react, to conserve energy, to not do wrong things. They also encourage you by building you up by giving the gifts of openings. Sometimes those openings are true gifts and other times they are cunning tricks. Time goes by and your teacher still easily controls you and can wear you down. But you last longer and get hit less. At the times when your ego swells too much they hurt you a bit for your own good so you don't get too chancy with your movement. They also build your knowledge of strategy to a good level. That is how for me I see the process.