It is hard to say anything meaning full without seeing you in action. You should generally try to have fun. sparring should starts slow and light so you and your partner get some time to get used to the frame of sparring.
You kind of seem unmotivated on a subconscious level. what do you think and feel?
/edit .. I used to really suck at tae kwon do sparring as a kid.. YES!! LOL but then one day somebody came along and beat me up .. and I got auto motivated. It was like some put ants in my pants and put me on fire. 6 months later and I was best at sparring for my weightclass. I even won some shiny medals in a crotty turney. I was unmotivated because I lacked challenges and it made me under perform. It was a krotty tae kwon do class and nobody really tried to hit the other person. How boring and unmotivated is that?? You can't really be happy to be at training when it is like that..
You have to find yourself a proper challenge.
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It will come in time. Don't stress. Do your best to follow your instructors directions.
Welcome to Bullshido.
Thanks for the responses so far guys, I'll try to answer the questions:
I am taking shaolin kempo karate and our sparring is "light contact" with half gloves and a similar setup on our feet. Most of the touches are more than light at this juncture though.
I AM inexperienced as I've only been doing this about 2 months now.
Thanks Omega, I guess I'm a ***** duly noted.
Subconsciously un-motivated. Hmm, it's definitely a challenge just something I don't have a "feel" for as it's never been in my nature.
I'm not just getting my butt kicked the whole time, I'm just not confident in it yet I guess. For me, that has been a de-motivator in the past.
I'm not going anywhere and am looking forward to getting better.
I do agree with one thing that scares me a bit...maybe I do just need a good ol' fashioned beat down to cure me of any intimidation I am feeling.
You're training in what now?
Originally Posted by Turrry
Is it kenpo or is it karate?
Shaolin Kempo Karate.
Mixed style based in Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu and Karate.
Been around a while, has a lot of the "art" aspects that I like and this instructor doesn't leave out the sparring aspect of it. He also incorporates classes involving BJJ style groundwork along with other things a few times a month.
Why do you train martial arts, Turry?
Let's be clear:
Originally Posted by Turrry
There is no such thing as Kempo Karate.
There is kempo. And then there is karate.
Do me a favor and just call it Shorinji kenpo or some bullshit like that.
He's the one most credited with it, yeah.
Honestly, if my instructor/school wasn't the type it is I would be worried about it. Villari himself seems to have sold his soul to the devil of marketing and money though...hurts the styles credibility.
I ran my school through the "mcdono" test on here the first day I joined and was glad to see it passed the tests. My instructor doesn't claim to be anything more than someone who has just "done this longer". I like that form of instruction, even if it isn't as damaging as something like boxing/muay Thai, I like the style and want to stick with it. Expanding into some boxing/etc would surely do me some good.
I'm doing my best to not be naive.
That should have said, "mcdojo" stupid iPhone.