Category: Sparring

Jan 17 2018

Who Is the Perfect Sparring Partner?

If you want to be a great martial artist, you can’t just practice alone. That’s because the martial arts is ultimately about managing relationships. Developing yourself by yourself is a path to confusion and delusion. But what type of person is best for developing yourself? Who is the perfect sparring partner? Read more »

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Dec 17 2016

How good at you at sparring? What’s your strategy??

It’s been a few years since I fought hard in competition. I guess it’s because at 38 years old, I’m over the hill and considered an old man. However, it still doesn’t mean that I’ve lost the ring experience that I’ve gained over the course of my fighting career. If given the chance, I’ll still glove up and fight…but just not like I used to and still have fun doing it. I train others more these days. Back in my “fighting days”, I wasn’t really into “point” style sparring. Although I think it’s a great tool to master, it wasn’t for me. I’m more of a continuous, bout style sparring competitor. Read more »

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Dec 08 2016

Kids & Sparring

Sparring is an important aspect of martial art training for kids (and adults) because it gives experience in two critical areas: timing and distance. The full range of martial art techniques can be practiced through forms, or prearranged sets, but forms cannot teach timing or distance. Sparring practice is therefore highly recommended if martial arts is to be practical for real self-defense, and most kids soon learn to enjoy it. Read more »

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Mar 25 2013

I’m sorry I lost and disappointed you…

Anybody that is involved with martial arts competition has either heard this before or told this to somebody… and it is pure B.S. Nothing frustrates me more than when I hear a student step onto the mats/ring and misinterprets his/her loss for complete failure. I don’t blame them, I have been the victim of these misplaced feelings myself… but I was fortunate to have a good instructor that picked me up and reframed my mindset so I was able to grow from the experience and become a champion of the tournaments I went to. So what did my instructor tell me and what did I do? Let me share with you my perspective on losing. Read more »

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Apr 18 2011

Tips for FreeStyle Sparring

I was emailed a question a couple of days ago from a student asking for tips that will improve his sparring abilities. As I was typing a response, I realized “Hey, I could make this into a pretty good tip article”.  I often am asked what tactics did I use to define my skills as a fighter. What was it that put me on top against some of the best? In this article, I’ll cover 10 basic tips that should assist you and get you on the right track. Read more »

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