True, but there was no MMA in the sparring match until just before the very end. While I realize that an opponent who always retreats from you in a non-confined area is very hard to shoot in on, I never saw anything that even constituted an attempt at a takedown until (again) right before the end of the round.
We have a difference of opinion then when it comes to defense. I've never trained or competed in muay thai, but in mma you cant just stand your ground and cover or you're going to get taken down.
The only time this really happened was when you finally backed him against the wall.
That, and I love it when people just stand there turtling and let me hit them.
I missed the explanation and will go back and read it.
The leg grab was explained earlier.
I guess I have to backtrack a bit on this. Understand that I've been training/fighting MuayThai for 16 years now and holding my guard is is so second nature that it's easy for me. I kinda remember the days how the hands would get heavy and the guard came down. I also remember that while it was uncomfortable and difficult to maintain a guard while tired, I could still do it. Sure, it was hard, but given the choice of having my guard up and getting my face busted, I'd choose the discomfort of holding my guard up.
I'd like to point out that I agree that my hands were lower than they should have been. but don't understand why fatigue isn't a valid reason.
Yes, but you can defend by avoiding most attacks by using footwork that does not step backwards. I realize you're not an experienced fighter. Heck, as mentioned I've been doing this 16 years and still struggle with my lateral and circular footwork. Y
Also, I'm not disagreeing with you that covering is a keystone in defense, but I'd rather not get hit if at all possible. The same way I'd prefer to step out of range of a leg kick rather than check it.
My point is, you can take a step back out of the way to avoid an attack without backing away, if that makes sense. As an example, a very common defense vs. leg kicks in Muay Thai is to simply take a single step backwards on one side. Right as the intended kick misses, you step back into your stance and counter attack.
Anyway, don't take what I'm saying the wrong way. I'm not trying to "attack" your performance, but give you food for thought on how you can look to improve. Sure, I'm speaking from the perspective of a Muay Thai guy and you're not necessarily looking to fight Muay Thai, but some of the underlying principles remain.
You have to WILL yourself to keep your guard up.... It's ESSENTIAL! That applies to ANY type of realistic fighting (which is why I'm not a fan of Taekwondo). Start trying to find practical methods to train yourself to move circularly or laterally rather than just straight backwards. Learn to minimize your movements while still avoiding strikes rather than blocking them. You have to improve your timing so that you can counter effectively right as you make your opponent miss rather than after he's jumped back out of the way....