Originally Posted by Ethereal
Onganju, thanks a lot!
Your advice really helped. Except it was really stupid of me not to ask my teachers first, but now, it seems as though my training has been harsher. It's because of my swarming style I presume?
Also, I just wanted to know if you were filipino because your motto says, "pampangan".
No problem. That's what I try to do. I have to try to do it without being too wordy or stray off on tangents it seems, but that's another topic all together.
Now about the part of your training getting harder, well I really can't answer that. I can speculate on a few things. For instance: Have you informed your trainer that you want to compete? If that is the case, most trainers will turn up the intensity of your training if they see that is where you want to go.
A lot of times, it's for 1 of 2 reasons: 1) They want to find out if you are serious about actually competing. A lot of guys say, "I want to fight." A much smaller amount of guys say, "I am willing to train like a fighter." Let's face it, serious training sucks. It is not fun at all. In this case, turning up the intensity of your training helps your trainer(s) find out if you're serious or not. if you aren't serious about fighting, they won't be serious about getting you ready for a fight. 2) They see you're serious and they want to get you ready. If you've already shown that your trainers aren't wasting their time on getting you ready to fight, it's best to start getting you prepared sooner rather than later.
Now, does your fighting style make things difficult for you? I'm not sure if that is totally the case, but gathering a few tidbits of info, I'm going to make a few assumptions. I'm going to safely assume that you're pinoy (like myself). I'm also going to assume that you're shorter than most of your sparring partners. So, you have to fight a constant battle of getting in close to do your business. In which case, the questions about the peek-a-boo all makes perfect sense.
I know from experience that it sucks being the shorter fighter, regardless of it being boxing, muay thai, TKD, or MMA. It especially sucks if your opponent is aware of this fact and fights accordingly. In which case, let me throw a few points at you that a basic:
1) Keep your guard high and tight. This is self explanatory.
2) Keep your head moving. If you aren't swinging, your head should be moving.
3) Go to the body often. Slow your opponent down and work between their arms on targets that are more available to you.
I'm pretty sure you've heard a lot of that, so let me give you a few tips I've picked up from others (from word-of-mouth or fist-to-face) that has helped me out.
1) Do not jab lazy. This is bad enough against someone with similar reach. Against a taller opponent (who might also be faster, stronger and/or more skilled) it will get you intimately familiar with the leather taste of their gloves quicker than anything. Do not push with the jab. Whip it out and back in one complete motion.
2) Quick in... quick out. Your opportunity to close the distance and do your work is short and fleeting, so get their quick. Also, if you find that you're not getting the best of it on the inside and you need to create distance, remember that your opponent has a longer reach than you so if you need to get out of their do it quickly!
3) Do not fall into the routine of simply plodding forward in straight line to close the distance. This will keep you in your opponent's range a lot longer and will get you punched over, and over, and over again. This is similar to point above, but differs in that you want to be aware that you are not fighting in a lane or alley. Circle your opponent. Catch their rhythm and timing and if you see they move forward at certain times, let them come to you. Or use your movement to coral them into the ropes or the corner. Once they are there, get to work.
4) Feint and faint often. Once you've got your opponent worried about what you're going to do next, start using feints to bait a reaction. This will create openings for you. However, you have to give them something to worry about first.
5) Keep in mind that you begin working on setting a person up for your shots from the very beginning of the fight/sparring session. Watch you opponent and keep category of what they do, try to pick up on their rhythm, see if you can notice how they initiate their attack and what they do after they defend yours. If you notice they pursue you after defending a certain way, get something ready to welcome them the next time they do it. Work off of the "Rule of 3." If you notice your opponent respond to a specific technique the same way 2 times, make it look like you're about to do it again but drop something different on them.
6) Never stop thinking in the ring. Keep calm and so you can figure out ways to fight better. Keep aware of what you do so you can correct bad habits and sharpen your technique. Take every butt kicking in sparring as an earnest learning experience. Further, if you can't figure out what's getting you so beaten up, ask your trainer or your sparring partner. Make a catalog of things that you can take into the next sparring session.
Wow... There I go again on another wordy tangent. In any case, good luck with your training!