May 17 2011

In The Gym Notes: Breaking Down Sparring.

Sparring is not about going out and beating the shit out of each other. Hard sparring is a must, but not at the expense of creating a glove shy fighter who learns NO skill.

Fighters at my gym work their way up to intense sparring, they don’t start out that way. They also work down if needbe. My definition of controled sparring is working on different real ring scenarios, working on drills to improve defense and footwork. This is great for mastering the basics and buliding confidense with the skills learned and mastered in this setting.

This also prepared the fighter for more intense sparring against more experienced fighters,. I belive you must build the fighter up through sparring, and bring them back down with the sole intent of building and mastering skill.

Sparring partners and styles must be choses properly for this, because its the difference between making a fighter better through continued growth, or making them glove shy.