from {{ author }} Seyhan Tayfun Sahinbas on Jan 22, 2022


When you first start sparring, everything feels like it's happening at 100 km/h. But the more you spar, the more your eye will become accustomed to your opponent's fast-moving punches, and you'll find your thinking quicken as well. In the beginning things happen so fast that you don't know how to react. And you miss a lot of chances to land punches or counterattacks, but the more you spar, the easier it gets. You begin to see punches coming, dodge in time, land counters, set traps for your opponent, and feint.


Over time, your body will inevitably save energy completely autonomously as soon as you get used to the stressful situation, to sparring. Sparring is extremely tiring. Your mental energy is largely dependent on your mental resilience, your resilience, your "nerves". If you are nervously or mentally tense, you automatically use more energy and consequently tire much more quickly, be it for professional or private reasons or because you have never been confronted with such an enormously stressful situation as sparring. You have to understand that this state of tension, this excitement, will come before any sparring session, no matter how many times you have sparred in your life. One more, the other less. And anyone who claims the opposite is simply lying to you. But the more you spar, the calmer and more relaxed your mind becomes, allowing you to learn how to deal with this stressful situation.


Everything you practice on the mats, in shadow boxing or in the sandbag, you also have to be able to do sparring. You have to practice and find out which technique or strategy works and which doesn't. For example, if you drop your double cover on the sandbag, you will not suffer any consequences. But if you do the same thing in sparring, you will very quickly find that: 1) Action equals reaction. This principle is Newton's law and states that in the interaction between two bodies, every action simultaneously generates an equal reaction (opposing force). Figuratively speaking, in sparring this means that your opponent will take advantage of your negligence and likely punch you in the face. 2) And along with that, a smart sparring partner will use every possible opportunity to hit you with their punches. For this reason, technical sparring is a very good indicator of your weaknesses and strengths.

Technical sparring and slow sparring is a good way to start sparring. Ideally, newcomers to sparring should start with slow sparring, meaning everything is done at a slower pace to allow you to get used to the sparring, it also allows you to spot trends and see what shot is about to come. You feel your opponent about to hit the right uppercut. Do you see his right hand falling? Chances are he'll throw an uppercut if he's an orthodox boxer, or a hook if he's left-handed (technically you should never drop your hand before hooking, but a lot of people do ). That's not the right way to train someone. Let him build his confidence by slowing down the sparring.Too often ego gets in the way and martial arts club operators end up losing customers because of course the poor devils don't want to go back after being embarrassed in the ring by one of the local heroes who's been training there for a few years. if you're throwing a newbie in the ring, at least match him up against another newbie of similar experience until he's settled in. At least in the beginning, until you have systematically built up the character, psyche and mental strength of your protégés.

Technical sparring is great because it allows you to practice one technique or punch combination at a time. At Tayfun Sports, we almost always start with our clients with rounds where only jabs (straight left) are allowed, for example. It's easier to focus on one aspect at a time and then build from there with more techniques and punch combinations. For example, you could then continue with just your left hand, meaning jabs and hooks, and then hitting the jab and cross. If there is a specific movement you want to practice such as the jab, the pivot, the hook, then technical sparring is the right and effective way to try it.


Another important aspect that you will learn in sparring is the sense of distance. You'll learn very soon after you've completed a few sparring sessions when you should attack and when you shouldn't waste your shots because you're not in the right range from your opponent.
A little tip: try a distance of about a step and a half to stick to your opponent. Then you are on the one hand in the optimal range to start the punch and on the other hand you have enough distance to dodge or even counter an opponent's punch by stepping back or moving your head to the side.


Sparring trains your concentration and focus. If you lose focus in a fight, you will almost certainly be caught off guard by your opponent. The more sparring units you complete, the more confidently you will react to incoming punches and, with a little practice, avoid them in good time.


Sparring is great for teaching you discipline and controlled aggression. It's not a street fight or a test to see who can throw the biggest punch. It's about teaching you to stay calm even when you get hit, because if you attempt a street fight in the ring, that's when you're most likely to get a heavy punch and be knocked out. go.
Boxing is great for self-esteem and confidence. You can take it to the next level of your personal development by stepping into the ring and going head-to-head with your sparring partner in a fair match. There is no faster way to improve and progress than sparring. It will force you to hone your skills and use each of your skills in a positive way.


Always make sure you are wearing the correct protective gear and that your sparring session is supervised by your trainer/coach. There must always be an experienced trainer watching over what is going on, so that he can guide you as well as your sparring partner. He sees what is happening from a different perspective and can instruct you whether you should retreat a little or use more force.

With this in mind, I wish you lots of fun and success in sparring.


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