Watch and Shoot !
Posted On:1/20/2012 3:17pm
In august of 2010 forum member and amateur fighter Torakaka wrote an excellent and informative article on "How to Spar"
This article is now preserved in Bullshido's own Encyclopedia and is featured this month.
Check it out !
"To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".
Posted On:1/20/2012 3:56pm
Style: Aikido / Kali / BJJ
Superhandy timing for me :-) Great article too thanks.
When life gives you lemons... BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!!
"what's the best thing about aikido then?"
"To be defeated by your enemies, to be driven by them from the field of battle, and to hear the lamentations of your women." ermghoti
Posted On:1/20/2012 10:03pm
Style: Shorin Ryu
That's a good read.
I'd respectfully add - if your instructor has just spent an hour going through two or three basics with you, which he/she then asks you to spar, then stick to those techniques. Your two minute round isn't an opportuntiy for you to pretend to be Roy Jones Jnr/Mike Tyson/Anderson Silva/whoever.
I grew up through an era when maybe one in four people who walked through the doors of the gym thought they were going to be the next Naseem Hamed. A session of jabbing pads, advancing off the front foot and slipping/blocking jabs would immediately be followed by the sparring being constantly stopped when anxious newcomers launched themselves into flying uppercuts and winging arm hooks.
Your early experiences with contact sparring will be nervy affairs. Try to relax, don't forget to breathe steadily and work the basics.
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