Every Martial Art has its strengths and weaknesses. Since
Nippon Kempo is a hybrid of many martial art styles, it becomes a challenge to execute
those techniques in bogu.
Many would tend to agree that if a student learns to effectively
execute a throwing technique in Judo then it becomes easier to practice and execute on
various classmates. In Nippon Kempo, the student first learns Judo throws without the
equipment to master proper technique and develop proper skill. Once the basic stages are
completed and mastered the student then applies the same principles in bogu entering a new
phase of adjustments. New ways and areas of hand placement are learned and used. Bare
hands make things a lot easier than gloved ones when executing throws or joint
Foam Sparring is a fast paced Martial Sport; the equipment is light
and the competitors can achieve tremendous freedom in which techniques are utilized. Bogu
equipment is heavy and restrictive and if you were once quick in foam then you soon
discover some speed is missing in bogu. So many things can go wrong when using foam
sparring techniques in Nippon Kempo because the rules have changed and
the level of intensity has increased; sparring in bogu is much more
realistic than foam sparring. It takes much time and training to
build stamina and regain speed lost when wearing bogu.
SOME EXAMPLES FOR CONSIDERATION:
1. High flowing kicks in foam can be devastating to the opponent and
usually wear the opponent out. It is not recommended in bogu for several reasons. A. The
competitors wear steel framed headgear that could cause injury when a kick has poor
technique. B. Bogu rules allow kicks to be caught and joint locks become probable, or
worse the opponent will be taken to the ground. Bogu competitors enjoy opponents that kick
to the face, for that's where ground combat begins.
2. Wrestling and Ju Jitsu techniques are challenging enough
barehanded, now try in bogu and gloves. Using fingers to grab hold of opponent's GI is no
longer viable in gloves. New ways and techniques are adapted to fit the situation.
Nippon Kempo is filled with situations where adapting to
equipment restrictions and limitations are practiced in bogu. Nippon Kempo does not
eliminate bare handed techniques, it only adds onto those techniques. Think of it as
building on one's foundation.