Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How Hard Shoud You Spar?

When training should you spar light, hard, or somewhere in the middle? It will depend on your goals. If you are getting ready for a match, you have to have some sessions that include hard contact. If you are a beginner, you will start out light. If you are maintaining (not competing) somewhere in the middle is good. When sparring keep your ego out of it and see it as a tool (just like bag work and jump rope). There are no winners in practice and many times people get bent out of shape because the they get hit. Always make your sparring sessions productive by working on specific things. If you spar a round and don't know what you did right and wrong then you got nothing out of it.

1 comment:

  1. Agreed. I always ask any person I am sparring with- "what are you working on?" I am always trying to develop something better- left leg roundhouse to the body, countering the jab with a fast right cross, making my opponent move into something, setting up the spinning back kick. They should go into every round, sometimes the whole sparring session, trying to better some part of their game.