We compete in freestyle comps and 1 of the organisers seems to be pushing for more light continuous and full contact ring based comps.
Ian knows what the mentality is like in Cumbria, all the dad's grew up playing rugby until they got broken and stopped, all my kids play in the under 12's and the dad's are all going, 'Hell yes let them go have a full contact fight, do em good, toughen em up'.
I'm going, 'Yes, fine, no problem to put a fighter in if you're going to compete in points but your kids will have to spar full contact in club, 'Aye no problem Marra' (mate).
Why would you want to let your child get repeatedly kicked and punched in the head, do my parents wander down the street with their knuckles trailing on the floor, do they have any concept of what irriparable brain damage is?
Yes I've done thai and full contact kickboxing but that was as an adult, I didn't let my son do it and I'm not sure I want anyone else's son to do it.
I know I've wandered a bit off subject but kids and what we teach them are vitally important to the future.
Or perhaps my black belts are right and I'm going soft in my old age.
1 serious question who would insure this?
Stuart Akers wrote: Why would you want to let your child get repeatedly kicked and punched in the head, do my parents wander down the street with their knuckles trailing on the floor, do they have any concept of what irreparable brain damage is?
I don’t think anyone is suggesting full contact is good for kids. I think the Kudo format is an attractive one for younger adults (20 somethings), but – as I think it touched up on in the thread – a version suitable for younger players and recreational competitors would also be needed. I think that would need to be points based, but so long as we keep the wide variety of techniques, continuous fighting, and the type of exchange the kudo rules generate, then I don’t think much is lost.
All the best,
hi my club teaches this on a Tuesday night, but the instructor calls it dazdo "tongue in cheek" (he is called Darren lol ) as he combines his karate and judo, he teaches throws, ground work, kicks the lot, just got some crash mats, also break falls are taught. Not many turn up but a solid few us of us do. I do with judo background and others who like to learn more. But that does not mean karate in the traditonal sense is rubbish, it is for allot of people ok and good esp the girls who hate being hit.
Agreed not full contact for kids, but karate sparring with throws is ok, after all kids do judo and do not get hurt and same with karate.
Ok i like this but i see problems, the article tends to generalise karate schools, and gets rid of kata, but they themselves ie kudo keeps kihon and shadow boxiing, which are forms of kata. Also as in judo, competitons seems to be the main goal so all moves could or would be taught to what is the going flavour of the month, how long before this art is diluted like it was in Judo and karate et al.
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