Personally, if I spar with someone that has control issues I play a pretty defensive game, only tagging clear shots when I know I can get out of the way of counter shots easily... but I am typically much smaller than everyone else and don't want to get hurt. I try to keep the intensity low so everything stays as controlled as possible. Trying to match power and aggressiveness with someone that "spazzes" only keeps that anxiety there which makes them unable to control themselves. I really think people hit too hard or go crazy because they're nervous, not because they're trying to prove how hard they can hit or because they're an asshole.
It's pretty much always better to try and keep things at a steady, controlled pace where both you and your partner can practice solid fundamentals... at least as far as improving your game goes. Particularly in instances like this where you really want to "teach" your partners how to properly spar, it's good to calm things down.
edit: and I'd also recommend not smiling at people that may or may not understand you're not just being a smug jerk :P
When all of a sudden I do really, really well in my perception because I'm used to getting pwnt, I'm like, "Holy crap, where did this come from?"
IMO it's better to think you suck than to think you're good. You don't want to be over estimating yourself if you ever end up in a self defense situation.
good read, learned a lot
Well, that was very helpful. I've only been doing Muay Thai for a few months now and I feel like I'm starting to grasp some of it. Although, naturally, the biggest improvement can only be achieved via training/ sparring, reading threads like this one can help get in a better mindset for it and point one to or remind one of things that haven't been so clear before.
So, what I wanted to say was, thanks.
Hey this is a really great sparring guide!
I too, feel that clear objectives are important while sparring, and it is usually when you are not matching each others pace that the worst injuries occur.
I've posted this at my university of Florida kickboxing club discussion board.
Hey recently had two guys come back to class. They were both pretty good, but they have been away for a few years. Any advice on how they should get back into the swing of things.
Thanks for the info on sparring. What you said makes perfect sense. Two guys from my gym fought this weekend and in our last sparring session I was taken by surprise, the intensity was alot higher than ever before and was an eye opener for me because I am working towards getting my first fight. It was however a great experience to see where i need to be with my conditioning and skill level before I get in the ring.