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One-Step-Sparring (podcast)

This month’s podcast covers one-step sparring; as well as the related practises of three-step and five-step sparring. Whist a very common form of practise in karate, taekwondo, etc. it is my belief that such training is a largely pointless. In the podcast I look at why I feel one-step sparring is a “dead-end” and why it does not develop any useable attributes. It is important to isolate techniques however, but this needs to be done in a way that can progress to live practise and free flowing application.  I therefore also suggest what I see as better ways to isolate techniques.

The podcast also looks at common arguments made in favour of one-step sparring and explains why I don’t think they hold up to close scrutiny. I hope you enjoy the podcast and that, regardless of weather you agree with my position or not, you find it provides food for thought.  Enjoy and I’ll be back with more soon!

All the best,


One Step Sparring
Iain Abernethy