Sparring seminar with Master Horan

on Monday, 09 July 2018. Posted in UTA News

Sparring seminar with Master Horan

Sparring seminar with Master Horan

Sparring Seminar 23rd June 2018-07-02

On a hot Saturday many students from across the UTA came together in Northampton for a sparring seminar hosted by Mr Bonfield and conducted by Master Horan as a fundraiser for the UTA. Over the three hours all the students learned many new and ‘old school’ techniques to sparring. It started with a warm up, which linked newer warm up methods with the old, giving us all a taste of training in the past. We then moved onto point sparring techniques, how to be quick off the mark and make your opponent move to score a point. We also looked at leg techniques, not just kicking once but kicking twice or three times with the same leg. There was also a focus on defending, moving your body but to be able to score a point, getting around certain kicks. We then got into groups and participated in what has become known at HSTS squad as ‘Ring of Fire’, this is where one person is in the centre and has to spar each person in their group for ten seconds each. This is a hard work out, but gives you a chance to work on footwork, defence and attacking skills and also a chance to spar a range of people in a short space of time. The three hour session finished with a few rounds of two minute spars to work on many of the new ideas given to us by Master Horan. I think everyone would agree that it was a fun, hard working three hours seminar with lots of useful ideas to be taken away to use in our own training. Many thanks to Master Horan for giving up your time and expertise and also to Mr Bonfield for hosting.

Mrs Kelly Rose 3rd Dan