The purpose for teaching sparring at the Family Karate Center is to help with coordination, control and reflexes. It's meant for fun and is done in a safe environment. Safety gear must be purchased at our school and worn at all sparring events and practices.
Unlike Taekwondo, we do NOT focus on the competition aspects of sparring and do NOT allow full contact. We do have sparring at competitions, but it's certainly not to the level that you would see with other martial arts. We teach the students to use control to stop their punches and kicks before impact or to simply tap. Safety is of utmost importance when sparring.