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 gym...it 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.
- Hands up
- Chin tucked
- Move head off center line
- Be a moving target (circle left/circle right)
- Jab way in/Jab way out
- Fake and feint your way in
- Never take without giving back
- Be first and be last
- Leave nothing unanswered
- Every one time hit, return two to five strikes
- Opponent kick you punch
- Opponent punches you kick
- Clinch or get on bike when tagged or stunned
- Let your punches set up your kicks
- Never break from clinch clean
- Cut off or stalk opponent (Don't chase)
- Control center of ring
- Always use diversity in your attacks
- Attack high line(head) to expose low line(legs)
- Attack low line to expose high line
- Stay busy(conditioning, conditioning, conditioning!!)
LombardMMA and Titan Fitness & Martial Arts(Team Titan) is the leader in Muay Thai training and competition in the State College, PA and Penn State community. Titan Fitness & Martial Arts is the longest(15 years) existing Muay Thai and MMA gym in the State College, PA area. Team Titan has produced over 20 male and female amateur Muay Thai fighters since 2006.
Muay Thai training at Titan Fitness & Martial Arts is one of their most popular classes for both males and females. With a strong commitment to training all students have the opportunity to take their Muay Thai to the next level of training...competition. Team Titan has earned over a 75% success rate in the Muay Thai ring and will continue to provide students and athletes the coaching and support to achieve their ultimate Muay Thai goals.
The Muay Thai classes at Titan are for all levels, gender, and ages. Classes are filled with many students(95%) with no aspirations of competing, but with the desire to learn the sport of Muay Thai for their own self-protection, fitness, and mental confidence goals. All Muay Thai practitioners at Titan train with and support their fellow classmates with an ego-free attitude.
Titan Fitness & Martial Arts continues to be the leader in the Centre County region for Muay Thai Kickboxing training and development. Come train in a safe and friendly environment and learn from the professionals and high level Muay Thai practitioners.
LombardMMA is an alliance of Titan Fitness & Martial Arts, and is own by Professional MMA and Muay Thai Coach, Bruce Lombard.
Bruce Lombard is the most experienced and recognized Professional MMA and Muay Thai Coach in the State College and Penn State community. Bruce has been training in the martial arts for over 25 years. He has been teaching and coaching martial arts to Penn State students, State College residents, and collegiate & professional athletes for two decades.
Coach Lombard has been the head martial arts instructor at Titan Fitness & Martial Arts, located in downtown State College, since 2002. Bruce has helped students of both genders learn the martial arts between the ages of six years old up to 60 years old. He works with different levels of abilities from beginners to professional athletes.
He has recently been recognized for his influence and work within the Penn State University student population.
Onward State article link: "Bruce Lombard Prepares Penn Staters For The NFL Through MMA."
His rates are favorable and the quality of instruction is at the highest level in the Central Pennsylvania region and beyond.
LombardMMA provides private lessons in eight different areas of martial arts training. Instruction is dictated by the interest of the martial art student, and all private sessions are instructed by professional MMA and Muay Thai coach, Bruce Lombard.
Follow this link to learn more about each training option and rates!
LombardMMA works in partnership with Titan Fitness & Martial Arts and is located at 127 Sowers Street in downtown State College, PA. One block off of Penn State Campus.