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    Sparring partners

    So my mate at uni has decided he wants to start Muay Thai. That's great news for me because, since we're living in the same house, I'll have someone I can spar with regularly. The only thing is, he's quite a bit taller than me (5'9" vs 6'3"). Any advice on sparring with taller guys? Will I get into any bad habits that will hinder me when fighting guys my own size?

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    As a heavy 5'9 guy that always has to fight tall opponents, I can't see any bad habits you could develop by learning how to be an infighter.

    I have far more experience in boxing than I do in Muay Thai, but I imagine your clinch game will be your most valuable asset. You don't want to play the range game, because you'll lose everytime, so you're better off working hooks, uppercuts, elbows, knees, and all your other close range stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by callum828 View Post
    So my mate at uni has decided he wants to start Muay Thai. That's great news for me because, since we're living in the same house, I'll have someone I can spar with regularly. The only thing is, he's quite a bit taller than me (5'9" vs 6'3"). Any advice on sparring with taller guys? Will I get into any bad habits that will hinder me when fighting guys my own size?
    Any bad habits you pick up are going to be from sparring and training without supervision or guidance.

    Get into a gym please preferably the one your roommate is going to. So you can at least be on the same page when it comes to training methods and techniques.
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    Backyard sparring should be avoided.

    That being said, I found that bodylocking tall guys when they clinch you saves you from eating knees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Backfistmonkey View Post
    Any bad habits you pick up are going to be from sparring and training without supervision or guidance.

    Get into a gym please preferably the one your roommate is going to. So you can at least be on the same page when it comes to training methods and techniques.
    We'll probably be sparring mainly in the open mat session that the MT club hosts. It won't be 'supervised' as such, but most of the experienced guys will be there. Ideally we would spar in class, but for some reason the uni club hardly ever spars.

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    That's probably because they haven't had enough money from the student union to get proper insurance.. or they are afraid of losing members when they finally realise they are practicing a combat sport
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    Quote Originally Posted by callum828 View Post
    We'll probably be sparring mainly in the open mat session that the MT club hosts. It won't be 'supervised' as such, but most of the experienced guys will be there. Ideally we would spar in class, but for some reason the uni club hardly ever spars.
    What university are you at? All UK universities are on their holiday period now, so presumable you're talking about starting training in October...

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    the sports centres generally stay open and there are people living and working at universities all year round
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMAMickey View Post
    That's probably because they haven't had enough money from the student union to get proper insurance.. or they are afraid of losing members when they finally realise they are practicing a combat sport
    I heard it's because the coach wants us to go to the MT sparring sessions at his gym instead. I mean, the chinese kickboxers spar, I don't see why the MT guys wouldn't, especially since they regularly compete with other universities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judoka_uk View Post
    What university are you at? All UK universities are on their holiday period now, so presumable you're talking about starting training in October...
    Yes I do mean in October, I'm at Warwick.

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