Yeah, clinch sparring (what I've always called it), is all about manipulating leverage points in the arms/shoulders/head, off balancing and creating openings for knees. Swimming your arms inside is only a small part of it.
Here's an awesome video of some top level clinch sparring YouTube- Saenchai and Pornsaneh
the way you throw it you have to support the ball with both hands but the force should be coming from your strong arm. try to generate power in the same way as you would in a punch
Wow Kid, that is the best video of clinch sparring I've ever seen online. Love the intensity and play together. They are even practicing elbows!
Note to newbs: Do not try adding elbows with your newb friends. Also, those guys were doing something called "tipping" which we considered a foul if you did it to newbs. When you do this kind of knee sparring you are supposed to sort of slap with the meaty part of your thigh just above your knee. You can see them doing this a lot on the side knees. If you throw a front knee you are just supposed to touch them with it and sort of hold it there. Throwing regular knees at each other before you really know how to control it will end this drill pretty fast.
Here's one we call 5's, but you can change the number. It's basically a controlled sparring drill:
Partners face off in a small box - 8x8 or smaller. One person throws 5 punches while the partner defends only - no counter punching or clinching, only evasion via footowork/movement. Once the 5 punches are thrown, pause for a beat and defend 5 punches. 2 min or 3 min rounds.
It can be modified to include kicks, but we use primarily as a boxing drill.
This works quite well as "beginner sparring", getting each partner used to the various aspects of free-sparring (getting hit, evasion, timing, creating openings, combinations, etc.)
We typically do this in groups of 3 in a round robin style - the person resting coaches, keeps the fighters controlled as far as intensity level, and watches timer. Then he's in for 2 rounds, one against each of his partners.
BAS. Buy the Bas Rutten CD's or make your own. It's one of the best solo/semi solo tools I use for kickboxing.
Bas calls out punches, combos, sprawls, etc. for 2 or 3 min rounds. Students do the combos. As a coach, you can walk around and correct technique. You can also customize this for various levels of fitness - have students throw a kick after each hand combo, add in sprawls, pushups, lunges, ab work, etc. All of this is on the set; if you make your own tape you may need to experiment to get the flow right.
This is primarily a conditioning drill, but can be used as an offense/defense drill. Have one partner throw the combos for a round, while the other defends. Switch every round.
1. My teacher usually just calls it the wall drill, not sure if it has a more official name.
2. Basically have one person stand against a wall (facing away from it) while the other person throws punches. Speed and intensity can be adjusted according to the level of the people involved.
3. Very good at both improving blocking/dodging prowess as well as helping discouraging just running back the way so many newbs like to do in sparring.
I love the wall drill, because I suck at boxing. It's great for people who flinch. A couple of minutes on the wall can snap a person out of that habit at least for a while.
Here's a good drill for beginners:
1. 3 for 3.
2. One person throws a 3 punch combo while the other defends, then the other person throws a 3 punch combo of their own. They trade combos back & forth.
3. It's good for newbs who aren't quite ready to just spar. They know how many punches are coming at them. They know when to consentrate on defense & when to play offense. This makes it a lot safer for 2 newbs training together. They also focus on transitioning quickly from defense to offense & vice versa. The coach can ease them toward sparring by switching the number of hits with a call out. My old coach used to call out "3 for 3" & "5 for 5" & "wild card" where you could throw anything up to a 12 punch combo. Once people are looking comfortable with "wild card" exchanges it probably means they are ready for regular sparring.
My teacher calls it 5-kicks.
You do 1 kick five times. On the next set, you do the same kick, but twice each rep, without putting your leg down. Repeat until you do the kick 5 times each rep. Do with all your kicks and each leg.
It works balance, muscle control, and kicking speed.