How to counter opponents who have unique footwork and attacks on angles on you?
Hey guys, I'm a Muay Thai practitioner who have been learning from an awesome instructor for the past two years. This gym is fairly new and has had no students compete yet in the ring. I have decided to step it up and be one of the first to compete.
I spar twice a week with other students. At first it was timed sparring until I went to the 22nd Annual Pacific Northwest Muay Thai camp. As soon as I came back, our instructor told us to step it up a bit so we are now going light & fast. Our instructor really wants us to be well-rounded so he teaches us to be both evasive & light (like Savate) as well as staying in the pocket to easily counter opponents (like the Thais).
When it comes to sparring though, everyone naturally sticks to something they are good at. I noticed in a lot of Western Thai-boxing matches, many fighters would attack on angles and use a lot of western-style boxing footwork rather than the Thais.
When it comes to me, I love countering at an angle (sometimes when I'm on the offensive I attack on an angle too), but usually I try to attack head on unless I'm leg kicking. In my opinion, this gives me more opportunities to clinch up (which I also believe is my strength) and go to town with knees.
So my question is, I have noticed with my sparring partners that they heavily rely on footwork where they do a lot of attacking & countering off of angles, throw a combo, and run away. Usually the solution would be to work on timing, but what would you do to counter these kinds of strategies? Any disruptive technique tips will help!!! My leg kicks land, but as you know since this is sparring usually it has no consequences.
P.S I'm a natural southpaw which makes it worse since my liver is so front and center.