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#189298 - 11/09/06 12:47 PM Re: Fighting girls in competition. [Re: celest]
tkd_high_green Offline
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Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 1031
Loc: Vermont
While I've never had the opportunity to spar against a guy in a tournament, I have sparred almost all of the guys in my class.

Early on in my training, I found that most of them held back when sparring. I don't know if it was because of my rank or my gender, but it really annoyed me. For instance, one student would kick over my head rather than kicking me in the head and say "point". I would much rather have had him kick me in the head. I would have learned much quicker to protect my head if he had.

Now thankfully, they treat me like one of the guys, and attack just as hard as they do anyone else.

I would have to say though, that the girl I fought at the last tournament, hit harder than anyone I've fought before. In class or in competition.

Laura

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#189299 - 11/09/06 05:40 PM Re: Fighting girls in competition. [Re: tkd_high_green]
TheFinalOption Offline
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Registered: 09/04/06
Posts: 55
Loc: Colorado
lol

Nobody is more likely to go full force on a girl than another girl...that's how it usually is, it seems
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#189300 - 11/09/06 11:51 PM Re: Fighting girls in competition. [Re: tkd_high_green]
celest Offline
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Registered: 11/05/06
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Loc: Singapore
Hi Laura,

I'm still a white belt and pretty much clueless about some things that I do and I think the coloured belt guys know it, so they sometimes go easy. I guess I'll have to work my way up and see how it goes then.

For now, my sparring partner (also a white-belt girl) and I go all out on each other, especially in submission. Maybe it's because we're of the same gender and level and started around the same time.

Thank you for sharing your experience! =)

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#189301 - 05/09/08 05:07 PM Re: Fighting girls in competition. [Re: funstick5000]
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Not to make this sound bad, but I'm 13, short and not all that powerful. my last tournament I was fight men older than me, taller than me- adult black belts, 1st-3rd degrees. AND I WON. I beat every single one of them in point sparring. my point being, jsut because we're girls DOES NOT MEAN WE CAN'T FIGHT JSUT AS WELL AS GUYS.

In a way, I think that in sparring, it technically isn't hitting a girl. I've found that light taps, if succesful contact is made, are efficient. I've won tournaments using open fist techiniques, barely nudging the girls I was fighting. Point being- it's a competition, you punch or kick anyone as hard you want.
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#189302 - 05/10/08 02:20 PM Re: Fighting girls in competition. [Re: headstrongBB]
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Registered: 12/02/02
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I don't mean to be rude, but if adult male black belts are being defeated by 13 year old girls in sparring, perhaps the rules are suspect...or the black belts.

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#189303 - 05/12/08 07:28 AM Re: Fighting girls in competition. [Re: Aezed]
The_Master Offline
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Registered: 04/21/08
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nah, that's the beauty of Martial Arts, it doesn't matter if ur a girl or guy, short or small. Martial Arts is SKILL, not brute strength. For instance in war, it's tactics and not pure numbers or brute force.
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#189304 - 05/12/08 09:47 AM Re: Fighting girls in competition. [Re: The_Master]
MattJ Offline
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nah, that's the beauty of Martial Arts, it doesn't matter if ur a girl or guy, short or small.






Yes it does. Martial arts is an equalizer, but it's not magic. Size and strength DO matter.
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#189305 - 05/12/08 10:56 AM Re: Fighting girls in competition. [Re: MattJ]
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Matt J

Ab-so-freaking-lutly!
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#189306 - 05/13/08 02:13 AM Re: Fighting girls in competition. [Re: cxt]
The_Master Offline
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Registered: 04/21/08
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they matter, of course but MA gives u the best chance of actually beating a muscly giant.
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#189307 - 05/13/08 11:56 AM Re: Fighting girls in competition. [Re: MattJ]
everyone Offline
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Registered: 01/02/07
Posts: 597
Loc: USA
Matt,

Size and weight do not matter at all. In fact being big and muscular may be a liability. (Assuming we are still talking about point sparring competitions.)

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