Does Sparring Cause Martial Arts Students to Quit?

Sparring is a cornerstone of martial arts training. Testing your skills against an opponent and practicing techniques in a simulated fight scenario seems like a fundamental part of what a martial arts school should be teaching. However, many school owners have strong or mixed feelings on how requiring students to spar affects retention. Some school owners simply don’t teach sparring at all afraid they will lose students and others like Master Chris Rappold says it is simply a matter of how you position sparring to your students.

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