The first type of sparring that we analyze is the slow motion fighting. This kind of "clash" is the least dangerous, it favors technique, balance, tactic and strategy but completely excludes speed, stress, conditioning and power.
Let's see what are the rules of this type of sparring.
Before touching we can move at the speed that we prefer
When we are in contact, all the movements are at "slow motion"
The "slow motion" speed must remain as much as possible constant
The movements must be fluid and precise, we can never stop
The combat must always be imagined as real
Who suffers the blows must honestly simulate the relative reaction
The battle can last more than 60 minutes (minimum 10 minutes)
What we can do:
We can touch the opponent but without any power / intensity
We can lead shots on pressure points (lethal, pain, etc.)
We can use punches, kicks, hands chains, projections, levers, constraints, etc. (in a very controlled way, no momentum)
What we cannot do:
We are not allowed to perform any kind of block parries
We may not use the force (we must accommodate the movements)
It is not allowed to bring any type of technique so as to cause damage
We cannot stop the flow of the fight until its end (even in error case)
Learn to think quickly about what happens around us
Apply in a "realistic" way techniques otherwise too dangerous
Learn to use fluid movements such as those of the Dragon Motion (which we have already mentioned)
Learn to prevail through tactical and technical
Gain precision, body dislocation control and spatial intelligence
Learn to recognize good opportunity to prevail
Established the teams (eg. 1 vs 4) we can run multiple clash
We can use training weapons (only if they are at the same time fully operational and completely harmless)
In the case of skill disparities we can apply some handicap the more experienced practitioner (more about this later)
Doing only this type of sparring is useless, it should be combined with the other types
This kind of combat is good for a first approach to sparring
In future articles of this series we will see the other types of training fights.