Didnt Spar For 6 Months & I Now Suck Again!
Just thought I would share what happened.
I have not sparred striking for 6 months as I have changed Muay Thai class and there is no sparring untill they get insurance. I also take MMA classes and although we have done a lot of alive training (take downs, ground work, body sparring) we had not done any full out sparring with boxing gloves, this all changed on Friday.
I have done Muay Thai for way over a year and when I started sparring (after about 3 months) I loved doing it and got rid of some very nasty habbits (being overly agressive, sticking my chin out & over reaching punches).
I was confident that since I had last sparred my game had come on & I was better than ever. First guy I sparred with had not done a lot of striking (more BJJ) and even though we sparring at 50% after a minute he asked to body spar only (which I agreed to), he hardly landed a blow as my movement was good.
Then a sparred with a very good striker and even though we agree 75% the guy was throwing bombs at me and was going full out. After taking to huge headshots I got a bit pissed off, got over agressive taking it to him and he kept backing off while thowing excellent counter shots (he was hitting me 3 times to 1!). I started over reaching, didnt tuck my chin in & was getting dominated. Then I walked straight into big punch and felt a "pop" in my nose & knew what was coming next....a huge nose bleed that took 15 mins to stop! Think it might be broken as still hurts like hell, although my pride hurts worse as I know I looked a right cock trying to brawl rather than box....
I dont feel my time training in the last 6 months has been a waste as it has kept me fit & flexable BUT my fighting skills have got worse and it is just due to no sparring. My usual training partner has also suggested that the guy was also just plain better than me and a cock for going full out when we had agreed 75%.
I have now organised sparring sessions at my home with a couple of other guys from muay thai and have been assured by my instructor that we will be sparring again very soon.