Throwing a few stiff knees to the body or face are
perfectly legal and are scored as points in bogu. You can't do that in many foam sparring
divisions. Knee kicks in bogu are very effective, for when you least expect it, the
opponent usually sneaks one in. "Headhunting" is a common practice in bogu. It's
boxing at its best. Many boxing combinations are utilized in Nippon Kempo. For this reason
the Nippon Kempo practitioner learns to develop head and body movements to avoid, deflect
or counter many punching and kicking combinations.
All of these techniques are made possible because the equipment
allows one to utilize powerful attacks. Sparring in bogu becomes a game of wits,
knowledge, utilization and relaxation, all challenges in combat. Nippon Kempo concentrates
on continuous, flowing attacks. It is fast paced and the action doesn't stop until a
point, submission or no activity is registered by the Referees.