I am currently in the process of preparing a podcast on one-step sparring. I’m not talking about the isolation of technique in a realistic way, but your common or garden one-steps where the “attacker” assumes a very formal posture (typically a lower block or “fighting stance”), lunges in with a formal punch from a long distance, and then remains stationary while the “defender” executes a convoluted response.
I have made no secret of the fact that I do not believe that such training has any real value. While the argument is often made one-steps are a good way to teach timing and distancing, I maintain that the timing and distancing employed in one-step training is entirely different from the timing and distancing associated with both self defence and sparring. Therefore, there can be no progression from one-steps to anything applicable.
Nevertheless, one-step training is still very common and, in the interest of ensuring the podcast is balanced and covers all of the issues, I would be grateful if members could point out the positives they see in this kind of training?
If you are like me, and see no real value in one-step training, I would still be very grateful if you could repeat some of the arguments you have heard made in favour of one-step sparring; regardless of whether you agree with them or not?
Also be sure to let me know of any issues surrounding one-step sparring that you would like me to address in the podcast?
Thanks in advance for all your help – it is greatly appreciated.
All the best