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
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.
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