Application Strategies

Sparring Strategies For Kickboxing

Sparring is recommended, if not necessary, in order to evaluate ourselves and our training methods.  Sparring should be done with competent and egoless training partners.  Sparring is not to see who is the toughest person in your is designed to help understand and develop our: 1. Technical Ability,  2.  Timing,  3.  Conditioning.  This is not to say sparring should not push the limits of particular athletes physically and mentally, but these participator's should be skilled and experienced martial athletes (i.e. Fighters and top students).

Controlled sparring is an excellent method to increase your learning curve, build mental competence, and protect your partners.  Unless students/athletes are training for competition or helping others in their preparation, hard sparring should be held to a minimum and determined by the head instructor or coach.

When a martial arts student or combat athlete is at the level of sparring, these are twenty-one kickboxing strategies or methods to consider applying within your game to increase success inside the ring.

  1. Hands up
  2. Chin tucked
  3. Move head off center line
  4. Be a moving target (circle left/circle right)
  5. Jab way in/Jab way out
  6. Fake and feint your way in
  7. Never take without giving back
  8. Be first and be last
  9. Leave nothing unanswered
  10. Every one time hit, return two to five strikes
  11. Opponent kick you punch
  12. Opponent punches you kick
  13. Clinch or get on bike when tagged or stunned
  14. Let your punches set up your kicks
  15. Never break from clinch clean
  16. Cut off or stalk opponent (Don't chase)
  17. Control center of ring
  18. Always use diversity in your attacks
  19. Attack high line(head) to expose low line(legs)
  20. Attack low line to expose high line
  21. Stay busy(conditioning, conditioning, conditioning!!)

Submission Grappling Attack Approach – Neck, Arm, Leg!!

The most successful submission grapplers have a full body attack approach.  The ability to have awareness and skill to attack an opponents neck, arm, and leg provides best results for a grappler.

When a submission grappling athlete has to defend the three main attack areas on their body as opposed to just one or two areas, their defense becomes more complicated.  For example, when a grappling athlete or student does not have to worry about defending legs locks by their opponent, it allows their defense game to only have to be aware of their neck and arm.

Submission grapplers should develop a compound attack approach, meaning...if a grappler is attacking their opponent's neck and it fails, they should be able to transition to an arm lock or leg lock for a submission attempt.

For best success on the grappling mat, develop a game that can be competent at attacking the opponent's full body!

Learn your chokes, neck cranks, arm locks, and leg locks!!!!  Then drill and live roll with your training partners.

MMA Ground Attack – Position, Strike, Submit!!

When attacking on the ground take an approach position, strike, submit.  When the MMA fight goes to the ground in a cage or ring, initially a top position is the goal.  Scramble for a dominate position if necessary and then look to control and set up your striking options.  Finish your opponent's will be controlling the top position and landing as many strikes as possible in a controlled approach.  Do not posture up to strike unless confident you can maintain position or control it if a scramble.  Short compact strikes are appropriate to open up posturing big strikes and potentially submissions.

Let your strikes set up your submissions!  Once position is controlled, striking can then set up a submission by overwhelming your opponent and clouding his defense intellect.  Once a person has been hit a few times they are generally in a lapse to defend a submission attempt.

Consider not abandoning a top position for a submission unless very confident in the success of the attempt.  Otherwise consider a submission attack at the end of rounds, possibly 30 seconds left in a round.  If attempt fails and you lose position the round is near over anyhow.  If the submission is attempted but not finished, the judges will remember that attempt first when looking at there scorecard between rounds.


High/Low – Low/High Application

Low to High, High to Low striking approach.  Whether kickboxing, MMA, or boxing it is a solid approach to attack one level to open up another level.  For example,  let your punches to the opponent's head(high line) set up your kick to their body(mid-line or leg(low-line).  Boxing, punch to the head to open up the liver shot to...
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