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    Overstimulation during sparring

    I've found that I have a big problem during medium and fairly hard contact sparring - I become overstimulated and feel like I'm not able to process sensory information and react quickly enough, resulting in confusion, disorientation and, if it goes on after the disorientation point, panic.

    Has anyone else every experienced this and, if so, how did you overcome it?

    Apologies if this seems like a bit of a stupid question. Coming off a long layoff I know I'm going to have to start at the bottom with fitness, conditioning and getting used to being hit again, so hoping I'll be able to gain some useful info regarding it before I do.

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    Yea.. take care of your stimulation before going to train.
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    You are unsure of your skills and your response to other's skills, most likely due to a long layoff.

    You are thinking more then reacting, which is, as you stated, causing the process sensory information (thinking) to make it so you aren't reacting quickly enough....because you aren't.

    Your resulting confusion, disorientation and, if it goes on after the disorientation point, panic, is because your opponant is one to three steps ahead of you.

    Keep training and perhaps you should notch down your sparring until you are confident in your skills, then take it up a notch.

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    Its definitely to do with your long time away from training.

    With grappling you need conditioning and technical skill.

    But striking requires that calm under fire that tends to leave quickest of all when you take time off. Being calm while being punched in the face is hard enough to maintain while you're training regularly. You take time off and you have to build that comfort zone back up.

    As for overcoming it? Its not going to be worse than when you first started. But its going to feel like it because you can remember being comfortable and now you're not, which is an added psychological twist. It seems worse, but actually its not because you have all the physical, technical tools to deal with this, now you just need the mental part.

    Best advice I can give you is jump back in, no hesitation, bite down on your mouth piece and weather the storm until it gets better. I've found that intentionally taking a couple punches right when sparring starts does wonders for me getting over it. But I usuallly need to get popped a couple times to find my rhythm anyway.
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    You are over thinking it. Just roll with it for a while until you get back in the groove. Thinking about every little thing is not going to help.

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    Thanks guys, will take the advice to heart

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    You can try assuming roles during sparring until you get over your gun-shyness. Have your partner throw three punches, which you defend, and then throw 3 back. You can start with establishing what the punches will be before hand, and then when you are comfortable with that, move on to freestyle.

    This should help you with your over-stimulation as you know what is coming.

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    That's a great idea, will give it a try

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    Also be prepared for the ebb and flow.

    There will be days where is seems as if absolutely nothing is going right. These are the days you will learn and take the most out of your training: if you don't get discouraged.

    There will be days where it seems absolutely everything is going right. These days are fewer and further apart, but these will be the days you need to just enjoy and remember when the aforementioned days occur.

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