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Point and Continuous sparring are not the only types of sparring available in competition. Clash sparring is quickly on the rise at various tournaments. Clash Sparring is competition in which participants attack, defend and counter using Point Sparring techniques with focused, touch contact and focused control. Basic rules include: each match is 90 seconds, points may be scored by attacking and/or by countering an opponent’s attack, each attack and/or counter is limited to a total of three techniques per clash, competitors may score multiple points during each clash for successful attacks and/or counter strikes and combinations, every kick that scores earns two-points, and every hand strike that scores earns one point. More in-detail rules can be found at usopen-karate.com
Contributed by Hailey Lord