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SPARRING

GENERAL & SPECIFIC RULES

Sparring is an important part of our Filipino Martial Arts program for anyone who wants to truly develop the skill to wield a stick like a swordsman.

GENERAL RULES

  • All participants must wear a fencing mask and hockey gloves

  • Chest protection, groin guards and mouthguards optional

  • Additional armour around the joints may be worn for any sparring but are required for rattan stick sparring

  • Padded sticks, pool noodles, latex swords, rubber knives, or thin rattan sticks are used at the agreement of participants and permission of the Instructor in charge of the class

  • Use of the guarding hand is permitted

  • An instructor or senior student must officiate all matches

  • Referee resets the game if a weapon is dropped

  • Matches should be 2-3 minutes in length (agreed in advance)

CONTROLLED SPARRING

  • Targets are strictly limited (ie. the hands and head; protected areas only; just the hands, etc.)

  • Live stick (rattan stick) sparring should generally be performed under "controlled sparring" conditions

POINT SPARRING

  • Points are scored for each effective strike (1 point for a limb, 2 points for head or torso)

  • First player to 3 points wins 

  • Nine Lives Variation (Players start with 9 lives, and lose a life for every scoring hit taken) 

BLADE RULES

  • Weapon is treated like a blade (in terms of damage it could do from a scoring hit) even if a stick is used

  • Follow up strikes are permitted within the timing of the "exchange"

  • Reset after a clean scoring hit

  • Players must agree in advance if grappling, striking & kicking are permitted or not

  • Clashes (simultaneous contacts) do not score

STICK RULES

  • Weapon is treated like a stick (in terms of damage it could do from a scoring hit) 

  • Follow up strikes are permitted within and beyond the timing of the "exchange"

  • Reset only if opponent submits

  • Takedowns, grappling, striking, and kicking are permitted

DIRTY BOXING RULES

  • Players agree to Boxing, Kicking, Grappling, and Throwing in isolation, or integrated