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!!)