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Old 04-11-2007, 01:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool noob sparring

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)

thanks
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Old 04-11-2007, 01:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All I can tell you is that if your sparring with someone who is taller than you make sure you keep close to him and don't leave much space between the two of you. Work you hooks and jabs the best you can and create angles with your punches so he doesn't know where there coming from.
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Old 04-11-2007, 04:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When you jab use your right hand to cover your face incase their faster. Also make sure your chin is ALWAYS COVERED. Keep moving away from their strong hand and like UFCFAN says, stay close as they won't get as much power. But stilll watch for knees.
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Okay... Here's a few tips:

1) Keep your hands up. This should be self explanatory.

2) Even though it is sparring, keep conscious of form and technique. Usually these are the first two things to fly out the window when you spar, so you want to make a conscious effort to keep your technique good. Otherwise you'll end up with bad habits that will be hard to shake off.

3) Keep a cool head. Remember, it's not a fight. You're doing this to learn and get better (that goes for your sparring partner too). You won't do a great deal of learning if you have to worry about injuring yourself or your partner. On that end, don't spar angry or spar with an angry partner.

4) Don't be afraid to try new things and mix it up. You want to see if you can feint effectively, or maybe try that overhand right? This is where you have the opportunity to figure out what works for you.

5) Have fun.
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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)

thanks
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.
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Okay... Here's a few tips:

1) Keep your hands up. This should be self explanatory.

2) Even though it is sparring, keep conscious of form and technique. Usually these are the first two things to fly out the window when you spar, so you want to make a conscious effort to keep your technique good. Otherwise you'll end up with bad habits that will be hard to shake off.

3) Keep a cool head. Remember, it's not a fight. You're doing this to learn and get better (that goes for your sparring partner too). You won't do a great deal of learning if you have to worry about injuring yourself or your partner. On that end, don't spar angry or spar with an angry partner.

4) Don't be afraid to try new things and mix it up. You want to see if you can feint effectively, or maybe try that overhand right? This is where you have the opportunity to figure out what works for you.

5) Have fun.
I pretty much agree especially with #5, you need to have fun or else it will become frustrating and that will just slow everything down. "Rome was not built in a day" your training will take time, but you will get better...Good luck
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The single best advise I can think of is to "get off first". Make your opponent adapt and react to your pace, not his.
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