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    "Hard" Sparring? Please elaborate.

    I have read a couple of posts with bullies claiming how they do "hard" sparring.

    My question is, what exactly is the intensity level for this type of sparring? (75%? 100%?) If it is 100%, would that not lead to unnecessary injuries/concussions and such every other week? Or do you mean 'full speed', but not full power/intensity, which would make more sense.

    Also, what type of arts are you practicing "hard" sparring with? Do you mean BJJ / wrestling / grappling hard sparring, where you go for take-downs full force and such. Or do you mean striking arts, and punching/kicking with full power.

    I do not really see the merit in striking someone with full force during sparring, and doing so on a regular basis. I'm sure it does toughen you up though.

    P.S - I am just genuinely curious, and am not questioning / attacking your methods of training and/or integrity.

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    when we spar hard its basically hitting fast, hard strikes, but without the intent to KO. maybe 85% power. full contact sparring is a bit of a misnomer usually that causes stupid run about arguements.

    I do not really see the merit in striking someone with full force during sparring, and doing so on a regular basis. I'm sure it does toughen you up though.
    If you never get hit hard in training, then when it happes for real your training will fall to ****.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post


    If you never get hit hard in training, then when it happes for real your training will fall to ****.
    My black eye and headache right now can attest.

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    Full contact: 100% speed and force, attempting to K.O, kick the legs so hard they can't stand, etc. As you would do in a real fight or a tournament.

    Hard contact: 75 - 85% speed and force, not trying to K.O or kick the legs so hard they can't stand. Still hitting them hard in the face, kicking their legs/torso/head pretty damn hard, and moving fast.

    It isn't the real thing, but it emulates the real thing as best as possible without causing too many injuries or concussions.

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    The idea is to replicate the intensity of a real fight, whether competitive or in a self defense situation. The frequency of "full contact" sparring varies, some do it every session, some once a week some once a month etc. Also, if you're wearing the correct gear (Sparring gloves, shin guards, headgear and possibly a body protector), you should be able to go 80%+ without worrying about killing someone.

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