Help Training a Blind Fighter
Ok so here is the deal. A guy in my training crew/club/group has bad vision. Hes fine with his glasses on, but when they come of he has a hard time telling how close things are, even causing him to throw out his elbow a few times when fighting. He is either way to far away or way too on top of you when boxing.
He is having a really hard time with this problem and it really seems to be getting him down. The rest of the members of the crew/club/group are trying hard to help him. So far it has been far from easy. Athletic glasses seem pointless and unpractical. They could possible break and cut his eyes in sparring. Plus he is not going to be wearing goggles on the street, so if he would happen to be attacked, his glasses wonít last long ether. Basically he he needs to correct this problem or learn to cope with the handicap.
Let me explain more
Hes trained kung fu (the animal kind, mantis to be exact), and had about a year or so of Thai Boxing with me. He is still recovering from his old kung fu class that did sparring with no gear. How? You don't punch deep. So hitting people really really hard is only done for the first time on the deadly street.
Well he managed to adjust his style fairly well, I would guess by "throwing him in to the fire" at our (crew's) version of a throwdown that are 60% to full contact fights that we throw 2 or 3 times a year. He is just inconsistent with his ability to close the distance but like I said earlier in the post, hes problem has created injuries and leaves him open for easy grappling/clinching because he is so close.
Now with all that said, I think that it is just something that "needs lots and lots of practice". So donít post that and think your the sweetest advise giver ever. My question is how, to go about training him to do so. I recently put together a few methods in hope to help him (itís to early at this point to see real results).
*Have him feel me out with jabs and then I put down my guard and have him punch past my head, to the back of my head (to simulate the depth needed). With his glasses on, then with out. With lots of repeating.
*Just have him stay in stance and have him work only slips while I throw punches. Starting at slow speeds and increasing the speed until he gets hit.
*Have him throw and combination on the focus mitts with his glasses on, then after a hand full time have him take them off.
He has a lot of potential, I think he could be bad ass if he can get through this. Hes didnít think he could get through it because his vision is so bad. So I told him about this video.
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So Friends, Romans, Country Men, lend me a hand on helping my friend.