Ted, that is identical to the explanation my instructor gave me? LOL He used squats for his example. I agree 100 percent. What I am doing is totally appropriate for now and for at least a few months. But waiting a year may halt progress and my goal is to get good at a new sport
By blocking, I mean blocking round-kicks with the shin, and blocking punches to the head and body with the forearms tight to the head or body. Perhaps my terminology is wrong.
For now I'm going to continue going to class and practice technique as instructed. I enjoy the school so far. After three months (that's how much I paid for), I'll evaluate whether or not I want to remain at that school or try one with a more liberal sparring policy.
Thank you Ted and Becca for your insight. I welcome your comments
I'll jump off this thread now.