Gap closing, patience, countering
Bummed out about having my first IKF fight canceled on me. My second opportunity is too close to my final examinations :(
Most of the times, when I close the gap people with longer reach close up, giving me an opportunity to work up and down. I usually move forward and right, away from their power hand.
My trainer taught me to keep my eyes open and read punches when closed up behind my wall, thats helped me from getting uppercuts every time I come in low. I'll keep working on that, I think I'm starting to roll with punches that way. Today I found myself parrying with forearms and elbows behind my peekaboo wall and working off return punches from there, as I closed up and defended against flurry of combos.
Last session I tried to work on staying up, slipping, stepping sideways and not ducking low as I come in. Against advanced opponents I just get corner cut off with a hook.
Do you have any suggestions on what to do from there? Any angles from moving inside (toward my opponents power hand)?
Last session sunday i started to employ cutting off side movements against a newer opponent, with lead leg right kicks as he moved away from my power hand. I noticed when I cut him off like that, he usually presents me with some angles to work on with my rear (left) hand.
I still don't quite get feeling out my opponent and working on counters. Argh. I feel like I need to wait more before starting a counter, because I just try to counter off the kid's jab. Maybe wait until he throws something more than just a jab. With more advanced opponents, When I do see an opportunity at the end of his combo my body is off position to initiate an attack. What can I work on to prevent this? What is the best way to cut off the combo? (leg kicks?)
Please let me know if you know an drills I can do, or if I can work on next sparring session.
Bummed out the fight got canceled. I wish my camera worked, I wanted to watch it and review what I can do because I feel like I can't see what I'm doing.
Here is a video of a sparring warm-up session. I didn't get the rest of the session on my camera. Both opponents are inexperienced, so I get away with ducking so much and being impatient to attack --which is what I am frustrated with. I didn't get the actual boxing/kickboxing session because my camera puked out
PS: I'm a southpaw. Also, this is an edited version of the email I sent to my instructors at my club.
Sorry, I guess my questions are ambigious. Here is a summary
1. Closing gap and diagonal movements to close distance
2. Working on "being patient" "feeling opponent out" "countering" and looking for opportunities