Originally Posted by bloodknuck
Hi, i recently started sparring regularly, so basically i am a beginner.
i did not get as many hits off as i would have liked because i was at a height disadvantage, basically my face was a catchers mitt
so i am open for any tips + advice or past experiences that would help me improve in sparring as fast as possible
btw i started off with boxing (no kicking yet)
a drill i used to do is place my hands together like i am praying, shoulders square, keeping them over my hips. shifting my shoulders back and forth keeping my entire upper body from my hips up together. this is how i was taught to generate punching power, body form, it helped me increase the speed and power of my combonations due to the simple fact none of my punches came from my arms, it as all core punching.
i never learned how to shadow box(my imagination sucks), but i would do alot of mirror work. i still do mirror work even though i don't put my hands up competively anymore. i do mirror work for grappling. to see how i look in my approch, shots, foot work, openings i leave when looking for a grips, sweeps, throws. the same way i did when boxing. look for openings, watch footwork, punches, defense, counter, ect.
all workouts with mouthpiece in, including road work. you must learn how to breath with one of them in your face. i found that certain pieces fit better than others, i like to use upper only, i would buy the custom powdered mixed one.
my back muscles ready to be worked on because my back got sore so much when i was being taught defense.
there is just so much out there. i would choose to stay calm as the number one thing you should focus on, people will teach and you will pick up the things you need.