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Part 1. Techniques & Styles

Sparring will assist you in understanding the techniques that you have learned and its application. By sparring, it will enable you to gain self-confidence, stamina, self-discipline and character.

Things to work on during the session:

Work on other aspects of your fighting style! Work on techniques that you feel is your weaknesses. For example, if you are having problems executing a kick, punch or a fighting combination, work on this during your sparring sessions against different sparring partners.

Have a different fighting strategy for each person you spar with, remembering everyone is different.  Your sparring partner may have a good punch, kick or a good knee attack; your sparring partner may additionally be tall or short.

Work on different techniques against different opponents.

If you get caught with a technique, think about the reason why you got caught and work on not getting caught with the same technique again!  

"Never get emotional or frustrated whilst sparring, it is important to remain calm and in control of your movements and not let your sparring partner see any visible discomfort you may be experiencing".  

Work on throwing combinations not single shots, mix your techniques i.e. body to head, head to body, keep your opponent thinking what your next move is likely to be. 

Stay focused on your task; keep your eyes on your opponents`every movement. Move your head and body dont stand static, remember that you are at your most vulnerable when you are tired, attacking or showing signs of discomfort.

Try to ascertain as quickly as possible your opponents strengths and weakness, and use it to your advantage.

Try to be as relaxed as much as possible while controlling the pace of the sparring session, fight the way you want to fight and not the way your opponent wants you to fight be in control of the situation.

"Never underestimate your opponent irrespective of size, stature etc"

Part 2 - Fighting Strategy 

When sparring against someone who hits hard and is stronger than you:

Adapt a hit and move strategy i.e. hit and move out of range before your opponent can mount an attack, do not become a sitting target, move clockwise and anticlockwise not backwards. 

Try to keep your opponent off balance while mounting your own attack, move every time your opponent gets ready to attack; concentration is the key to be successful with this method.

Fake your punches and kicks; try to confuse your opponent as much as possible while planning your next move.

Wait for your opponent to attack than block and counter their move.

Depend on your speed come in to attack and get away as quick as possible.

When your opponent attacks use the push kick, front kick, sidekick or any other defensive kick to keep them away, execute the roundhouse kick to your opponents thigh and ribs to weaken and slow them down.

When punching use your jab continuously                                                                               

Never stand toe-to-toe and exchange blows.                                 

Maintain a tight defence at all times and don't get intimidated

Fighting is like a game of chess, at all times endeavour to stay one-step ahead of your opponent