Been doing Muay Thay for 5 months, getting destroyed in sparring... Why?
Hey guys, I'm kinda of at a loss currently. I've been doing muay thay and practising punch/kick combinations for about 4 months. I've started just doing MMA sparring now (mostly just striking with punch/kicks) and I'm getting destroyed! Granted, most of the other fighters seem to have been doing this for a year but I'm really discouraged... If I punch them, I reveal an opening that they will exploit and destroy me within a few seconds. I still often close my eyes though slowly getting better at this.
Anyway, knowing that as soon as I punch the retaliation will get me destroyed makes my punches even weaker since I kinda hesitate to trow them. I'm not too sure what I should be doing.
Should I keep sparring? I've mostly been doing 2 1 hour sessions of sparring a week now and stopped doing my 2-4 hours of muay thay a week where I would practise on pads.
I do decent punch/kicks when hitting a pad but on a moving target in sparring (where I also hesitate to fully punch subconsciously)
I'm getting discouraged of getting destroyed in actual fights (sparring) I'm determined to get this done but not sure if the only solution is private classes (will get expensive at at least $80/hour but maybe only a few will help?)
So for those who have improved... Do I keep sparring? Will I naturally get better as I gain more confidence to dodge/keep my eyes fully open/strike with more confidence?
Should I take some boxing or muay thay classes and practise further? We only do like 10-20 min of "technique" practise before the actual sparring.