These are the minimum recommendations from the HBIO Technical Committee & council for safely teaching the Syllabus from white belt to 1st Dan, The fundamental principle in all training is that safety must come first. Your judgement In choosing training exercises must take into account the age, ability, health, medical condition and grade of the student.
The use of hand-held pads, kick bags and the like is acceptable at every grade, depending on the Requirements for that grade.
All students, at all grades, should practise sparring, unless there are medical grounds to forbid it. Sparring Consists of various forms, including (amongst others) one-step sparring, one-for-one.
Kicking and free sparring, Free sparring may be non-contact, light-contact or full-contact. Full-contact free Sparring is not permitted until the students have reached at least RED BELT. Instructors should assess Students‟ abilities and behaviour before allowing them to participate in free sparring. All forms of free Sparring should be practised under full HBIO rules. Instructors must ensure that they and their students are Familiar with the latest rules and competition procedures. Students must have all personal protective Equipment (mouth, head, trunk, arm, hand, leg, and groin guards) are compulsory for light- Contact and full-contact sparring practice and for any form of lacking techniques practice that involves contact or The use of weapons ( wooden practice knives).
Sparring is distinct from lacking techniques training, which will use attack and defence techniques that are allowed under the competition rules.
Students may participate in special activities and training beyond the minimum specified in the syllabus. This is for those students who are able to progress faster or who wish to practise specialised techniques Under the close tuition of an insured instructor.
Specialised techniques for higher-level students under supervision of an instructor.