|Me (left) trying to kick Josh (right) in the head--he was closer when I started the kick :P|
|Me (left) sparring with one of our teen students, Rachel (right)|
During the event, I got the opportunity to do some continuous point-style sparring with a 70+ year old Nanadan (7th Degree Black Belt), which was an interesting experience because I felt like I could have overwhelmed him, but any time I hesitated he would pop me in the nose with a backfist or in the groin with a front kick. When sparring people from Tiffany's dojo, I always have a hard time because they practice a lot of strikes from unusual angles, their tempo is always unusual, and they are very fast, so I had some trouble with them but also got some good pointers. Mr. Getz, the Taekwondo black belt that trains with us, is always a challenge because I tend to get into a kicking war with him (which is a bad idea :P) so we also threw in some hands-only sparring. Mostly, though, I was able to do MMA-rules sparring with just about everyone. Josh, the kenpo practitioner who comes to all our open sparring events, is a great person to do MMA-rules sparring with because he is very skilled at all ranges. In the process of all of that sparring, and two rounds of grappling afterward, I discovered that I have REALLY lost my grappling endurance, so I will need to work on that!
A full set of photos can be found here!