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Elite Martial Arts Sparring Team is a part of our program that involves the most intense training. Sparring involves full contact kicking and punching in order to determine the strength and accuracy of students' skills. Students are fully protected with head gear, chest protector, arm and shin guards, mouthpieces, etc. so that they are not seriously injured. The goal of tae kwon do sparring is not fighting - it involves learning how use your skills against your opponent in the best possible way. It is a recognized Olympic Sport and in order for a competitor to win, he or she must score points by hitting their opponent in designated locations on the body. Whoever scores the most legal points wins the competition. Master Seo is very proud and honored to teach his students more detailed sparring skills since this is his background. The majority of his tae kwon do training was spent on his high school and college sparring teams, therefore he has an impressive background to teach this sport. The training is intense, but if students have the desire to learn more and improve their sparring skills, they will accept the training and therefore become better sparring competitors. Being on the Sparring Team is the first step towards the goal of being in the Olympics. While it takes many years of training, it is possible to make it to the Olympics in sparring, if this is the goal of the student. The best way to make that goal is to train hard, participate in tournaments, and enjoy the art of sparring.