In point-sparring (flag sparring), action is stopped each time the referee or a judge see what he or she thinks is a scoring technique, the technique is voted upon, and then action continues. Point sparring has some disadvantages:
Giving Up. In point sparring, fighters can give up when the going gets rough. Giving up in full contact sparring or in a self-defense situation means getting beaten by your opponent. Develop a habit of digging-in and keeping covered when the going gets rough.
Ending Attack Prematurely. In point sparring, the action ends with a point. It may not even be a technique that would ever be devastating to an opponent because either the technique is not a power technique or because it is not a good target. In either case, once a technique is landed it is not time to stop. In full contact sparring or in a self-defense situation, when an opponent is stunned, it is time to dig into your energy reserves and start delivering a series of debilitating blows to end the fight.
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