Kickboxing Sparring

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!!)

The Importance Of Sparring In Training

Sparring in combat sports training is only necessary if individuals are interested in participating in the sport or art for more than just a alternative fitness training method.  Sparring is a choice not a necessity of martial arts training.

For individuals that want to evolve their sport or self-defense skills, sparring is a recommended!  Spar training helps an individual martial athlete's (1) Technical Development, (2) Personal Conditioning, (3) Technical Timing.

Sparring should only be conducted when participants have adequate amount of  hours, weeks, or months of training.  All beginners to sparring should be supervised by their coach or instructor until they are ready to spar without supervision an experienced martial athlete or coach.

Light or flow sparring is a good way to initially increase one's learning curve.  It is important for participants to begin to learn how, when , and where techniques can work for them or how, when, and where they may not.  Though, it is important to consider, most techniques can be executed if practiced and drilled enough in an individuals training.  TIMING is more times than not most vital in successful execution.

Sparring is not to find out who is the "Biggest Bad Ass" in the gym!!  Sparring is to develop individuals ability whether a beginning level student or an accomplished fighter.

Hard sparring should only be conducted by very skilled experienced martial athletes and/or competitive fighters.