Check out our free sample clips to give you a glimpse of a regular club session on free sparring by Carl van Roon. You will see what a wonderful instructor he is as he highlights a few important principles and then gives drills to implement them.
The first clip is from the kicking part of the session, where Mr van Roon shows how the exact positioning of the chamber leg is important so that you can create a barrier between you and your opponent. Too far one way opens you up to an attack from behind; too far the other and you are asking for a reverse turning kick in the head.
Next Carl van Roon talks about “absolute speed” vs “perceptional speed”. The example he gives here shows that you can be actually very fast, but if you telegraph the movement then your opponent will see it coming and be able to react. With the correct use of distance and not “telling” you can easily score on your opponent without them being able to defend.
In our final free clip Mr van Roon spends a good amount of time in the session talking about range, and the illusion of range – or positioning yourself so that you are able to entice your opponent to do what you want them to do. Your positioning and stance must be perfect so that you can move just out of range and then counter.
The class finishes with Mr van Roon sparring all the seniors and then answering questions from the students.
The full video is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and covers warm up sparring drills, kicking drills, being deceptive in sparring and how to create opportunities and much more.