==== ====A special Report for struggling MMA Fighters. For your FREE Renegade video click here:http://tinyurl.com/85efqyf==== ====Dancing in and out, judging distance, feeling the rhythm of your opponent, making contact, takinga punch, vying for position, working a submission.This is what sparring is all about.Most people believe that sparring is the closest you can get to actual fighting and the best way tocondition yourself for the real thing. Its exciting for the participants and the crowd. Martial artists,boxers, wrestlers, and MMA fighters all have some form of sparring they use to test their skillsagainst their peers. It increases your strength, speed, endurance, and gives you a chance to usethe material you have learned against a live and uncooperative opponent. Most of this is true.But, does sparring it have a place in Self Defense training?Threatening situations such as muggings, assaults, rapes, stabbings, or shootings more often thannot happen with little to no warning from the aggressor(s). These people set to their work with noappreciation for sportsman like conduct; they will not allow you to tap out, they will not play tagwith you, and no buzzer will sound. They will use every tool they have to finish what they set out todo.As such, it seems only logical that self defense training should step out of the realm of rules aswell. Self defense should not be about a fair fight. The most effective techniques in any selfdefense program will, in the very least, seriously injure an attacker. Does this sound safe to testout in a friendly sparring match?We have all heard the adage, "practice makes perfect"; it has always been a driving point intraining. In the ring you cannot eye gouge, strike to the back of the head, break bones, use smalljoint manipulation, bite, or attack the groin, and all for good reason. The results of their use havebeen deemed too dangerous. It is true that in self defense training you cannot poke someoneseye out, or break someones arm anymore than you can in a sparring match, but the mentalaspects of the training are quite different.In self defense you practice without target restrictions as safely as possible. When you train withan "anything goes" attitude it will be reflected in the event of its actual use. It would not do well foryou to hesitate to take an open shot to the groin in a life threatening situation, only because youhave spent years training yourself not to do that very thing (like when you are sparring with yourpartners).Sports are about fairness. They match people of similar skill, and weight class to make the fightsentertaining and not leave one fighter with an advantage.
However, on the street or in that lonely parking garage there is no guarantee that an attacker wontoutweigh you, be tougher than you, or use any weapon available to him.If the purpose of your training is self defense, then you cannot afford to have sport fightingrestrictions ingrained into your self defense mechanism.If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to use your self defense training, you needto be in a mental place to be able to do what needs to be done and make it home safely. Sparring,by its very nature, actually trains out of you the very instinct to do the needful and necessarythings that a true self defense system would otherwise require of you.So, when considering a self defense course, ask yourself this question: Am I being taught tospar... or to fight.If the time ever comes when you need to defend yourself, trust me when I tell you... you wontwant to spar... you will need to FIGHT!Kris Anderson holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kung Fu and a 1st Degree Black belt in Tae KwonDo. He teaches private Self Defense Classes to students in Coeur dAlene, Idaho. Kris also offersonline Self Defense training for both men and women. Click on either of the highlighted "SelfDefense" links in this paragraph to learn how Kris can help you achieve your personal protectiongoals.Copyright 2011 - Kris Anderson. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Reprint Rights: You may reprintthis article as long as you leave all of the links active, do not edit the article in any way, give authorname credit and follow all of the EzineArticles.com terms of service for Publishers.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kristopher_Anderson==== ====A special Report for struggling MMA Fighters. For your FREE Renegade video click here:http://tinyurl.com/85efqyf==== ====