Join Date: May 2006
Location: New York City, New York
There are alot of guys that punk out in the middle of a sparring session, and while I can't stand those guys, I haven't had to deal with them too much, as an advanced student. Most of the guys I train with are legit, and love to push the limits.
I do roll with a group of guys over the weekend, guys who think of themselves as future MMA fighters, and some who do compete. It's really where I work my MMA game, as opposed to my more jiu-jitsu based classes.
There was a guy who decided to start with us, and he's a friend of my little brother's and trains at the local school. The guy's a little bigger than me, and alot taller, but could cut to my weight pretty easily, so I had him work in with the group that I generally roll with.
The "coaches" (I put it in quotes because they're guys my age who train in other styles and bring what they learned to our training sessions) decided to test him out a little bit and do some contact sparring, since he was talking about how tough his instructor was. (this is the local instructor that I beat pretty badly a little while ago)
The story has been told before, and it wasn't me rolling with him at the time. Once of my sparring partners rolled him up in a wrestling pin, and he started punking out.
It's one thing to crumble in a fight, when your body can't take it any more, but it's really hard, as an instructor, to watch a dude like that. If I was just his training partner, I would call him out on it, but when you're looking at a guy who is a p*ssy, and you have to talk him through that, it gets frustrating.
Being a fighter is not something your born with. But it is something that you have to want to do. If you're not sure you're going to hold up in sparring, step off the mat.
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