Getting back on track: Sparring

Sparring is the closest we can get to real fighting situations and here is why it is so important.

Sparring is as real as it gets. It’s that simple. Sparring requires you to use every one of your attributes – forcing you to sharpen your skills and practice things like the controlling of distance, timing, speed, agility and focus as well as cardiovascular stamina and muscle endurance just to name a few. 

Sparring is the nearest thing to a real fight, without actually fighting.

Benefits Of Sparring

Sparring will help you develop a greater understanding and application of the skills:
  • Distance – How to control the distance between you and your opponent.
  • Rhythm – Having your own rhythm and forcing your opponent to follow yours to throw them off-guard.
  • Timing – How to judge the timing of your opponent and know when to strike.
  • Combinations – How to land combinations while your opponent moves forwards, backwards and tries to counter.
  • Footwork – How to move in, out and to the sides to strike or evade an attack.
  • Speed – You will learn how to move quickly out of the way of an attack.
  • Balance – You will learn to control your balance and center of gravity while in a fighting stance.
  • Reaction – You will improve your reaction timing.
  • Focus – You will be forced to keep focused and concentrate on the fight without distractions. The second you switch off you will know about it!
  • Fitness Level – Your endurance and stamina will have to adapt and will improve.
  • Conditioning – Your overall functional strength, speed, stamina, endurance and agility will increase.

Why People Don’t Like Sparring

People don’t like sparring because they aren’t confident with their abilities and are worried about getting hurt (that is me). This is usually because they don’t have a game plan. They don’t have the knowledge and experience to keep a solid defense game while “holding their own” and attacking their sparring opponent.

Sparring is a training tool and if we are not learning anything then it’s a wasted lesson. If your partner is hitting too hard, you will never feel comfortable training different techniques as you will be worried about getting knocked out. If your opponent stands there clueless, then well, you might as well be hitting a punch bag.

Finding A Good Sparring Partner
Just like any other sport, a good partner can make all the difference. Find someone that you get along well with. Someone that is at the same level as you are and someone that has the same mindset as you. Talk about your sparring sessions and try to help each other become better. After all, sparring is a training tool for improvement, not for your ego.
Be sure to set rules and mix up your sparring training.
If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you.
Bruce Lee

Bring it on with
Silas Yeo
Contact: 8282 2129

Read also: Getting back on track

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