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Old 02-11-2011, 07:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wild swings when sparring??

I was sparring yesterday and one of my training partners likes to sort of swing his arms wildly. How can I counter this? If I feel like he's beating me, should I clinch, throw him off balance, then attack? (this was the solution I thought of after training was over). This is in Muay Thai btw. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
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Cover up hard and let him tire himself out, then KO the git.

Swinging wildly doesn't automatically create hard punches, but if you're not confident in countering them or moving quick enough, they can be overbearing.

Practise head movement and countering with kicks to his legs and body, that'll make him think twice.
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If he is punching wide/swinging they should be very easy to block and you can go right to the body but i am speaking from a boxing point of view.. If not try inside kicks to stun him and follow up with a combo.
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I was sparring yesterday and one of my training partners likes to sort of swing his arms wildly. How can I counter this? If I feel like he's beating me, should I clinch, throw him off balance, then attack? (this was the solution I thought of after training was over). This is in Muay Thai btw. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
Sidestep. Most people tend to retreat backwards when under pressure, but you should condition yourself to side step and circle (away from his powerhand). In that way you won't get trapped against the ring/cage and your opponent has to readjust his alignment towards you all the time. That's a general rule which applies to most situations. For that wild swinging consider that these wild swings are usually quite slow/need more time as they travel longer distances, also they leave mostly many openings and don't use maximum reach. You should be able to capitalise with straights. So do side step - straight, side step - straight. If you feel comfortable with that do side step - combo initiated by a straight. Or if you feel he will get you despite the side step, add block - straight. You may mix it up with kicks also. (Pushing) Front kick to the center of his body (if you feel comfortable with that you can try to go for his liver with snap kicks) to slow down his forward momentum. And to fill in you can do side step - roundhouse.

These are just some general ideas, but it's hard to really give advice without actually seeing you spar. So ask your trainer to observe you while sparring and give you advice accordingly.

Try to set yourself one specific goal per sparring session, in the beginning it's fine to just try to do the side step. No matter what it is, focus specificly on that goal during the sparring. Set this goal in advance, maybe the evening before training, imagine yourself how you do it in sparring. Write the goal down on a paper with one word or one sentence, think of it before going to training, put that paper in your gloves or mouth piece box or whatever gear you put on last before sparring to remind you.
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Stepping jab. Underused, highly valuable. Combine it with head movement. Move the head down and to either side, moving at the legs and hips/waist. This way your opponent's wild winging punches will zip over your head, and your counter jab will land smack in the face. Follow with a cross, or a rear hook/uppercut (depending on how close he is).

The biggest weakness with wild punches is that the user leaves themselves open to counters from straight punches. With that knowledge in mind, and evasive movement. The defender wins out.
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