Posted On:2/17/2007 6:05pm
I'm not a good striker, but I go up against kids in sparring who just plain suck. Shorter/weaker/worse technique/gunshy/etc. I find it really hard to gain anything out of the experience, aside from dicking around with a few things I don't normally do (working on my slipping, throwing more hooks than usual, etc).
Do you just unload on them? Play it easy? Teach them? Try out new ****? I need some ideas.
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Posted On:2/17/2007 6:10pm
Style: Improv comedy
Practice defense and try and teach them to be better.
Posted On:2/17/2007 6:11pm
Personally, I used to work on my teaching skills. I'd point out how they were telegraphing. Teach them sidestepping or, like you, work on slipping or just blocking. I'd rarely hit back or punch slow enough for them to overcome any fear.
The real hard part is getting these folks to even throw something to defend against.
Posted On:2/17/2007 6:26pm
If you are big or an intimidating sparrer (I was in my school) you have to give up, and talk them through the entire round.
I look at it this way. I can work on correcting my bad habits while, talking them through the round.
Find something your coach or sifu has said is one of your bad habits. Then focus solely on this problem.
Before or during the round say I'm not going to hit you I'm just working on ___________.
This always went a long way to getting them to punch.
Posted On:2/17/2007 6:29pm
Hey, that was pretty good, thanks.
Yeah, my size puts folks off. It's sad. I end up having to hit so frickin' light while they try to take my head off with hail mary punches. I'll try telling them next time.
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Posted On:2/17/2007 6:43pm
Style: MT/SUB GRAPPLING
Work on dialing in your footwork, distance, cut angles.
Try moves that you would never attempt with someone at your skill level.
Posted On:2/17/2007 6:46pm
Yeah I fiugred it was a size thing. I had people outright refuse to spar because, they'd watch me pummel people. They didn't realize these were people with equal or more training than I.
They also missed when I was working hard to keep up.
That is another thing that makes them more comfortable. Remind them how long you've been training and that you used to be just as gun shy.
Even if you weren't.;)
Posted On:2/17/2007 7:37pm
Style: Boxing; Sub. Grappling
I'm not syre how I feel about this. There's one guy who trains with us who has always been really gun shy. We'd all go pretty easy on him, throw lightly, work on just defense, basically all the other things mentioned. He never seemed to get better. One day, I finally got aggravated and just laid into his forehead. He seemed surprised that he got hit hard, but he was even more surprised that he could take it. Ever since, we haven't been going as easy with him. We don't pummel him mercilessly but, we still hit him with a few good shots every round. He seems to have progressed a lot. It was like it gave him some confidence that he could take it and it didn't hurt as much as he thought it would. This worked for this dude, but I wouldn't say it was for everybody. I guess we all learn differently.
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Posted On:2/17/2007 7:41pm
Of course it is a graduated thing. I don't mean to imply you do this for their entire time in the gym. They need to be hit but, when they react as wildly as emevas said, laying into them isn't going to help.
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