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Sparred for the 1st time

shizako2010-06-18 18:10:20 +0000 #1
Sparred with some pure Muay Thai guys for the 1st time. We did some light sparring before but this was full on sparring. Got my ass handed to me over and OVER AND OVER again.

Any suggestions?

I'm only signed up to go to Muay Thai once a week(as opposed to 3 days/week). So I've been doing that for 6 months.
Thumpin2010-06-18 18:13:12 +0000 #2
If you're going back for more, then you're good to go. I can't tell you how many tough guys came in to spar, got their asses handed to them, and never showed back up again. It takes a certain kind of person to get hit in the face over and over and come back again for more until you learn. Keep at it! (spending more time than once a week will help as well...that's not nearly enough if you're serious about sparring and getting better at it).
JJBuck2010-06-18 18:21:26 +0000 #3
Just keep trying, and also try to learn. After you get a bit comfortable, try to see what they're doing. Even if you can't counter it.

One of my best friends was a professional kickboxer. I'd visit and spar at his gym as much as possible. I'm as far from a trained fighter as there is. But getting my ass handed to me with them going half speed and me going full taught me more than any lessons ever could.

I bartended at the time. Small bar and had to bounce to. There's nothing like coming back from a week long trip across the border ... after getting beat on all week ... and having a big drunk take a swing.

Talk about slowing things down ... it was like the guys I bounced were fighting in slow motion.

Just keep yer head, try to survive ... then ever so slowly you'll find yourself blocking more and sneaking in the occasional shot. Hopefully you won't have to make the comparison ... but after taking a few shins to the ear ... a punch from a drunk in a bar doesn't really hurt so much.
Gomi2010-06-18 19:21:40 +0000 #4
Once you get some experience, you will start anticipating movements and it will be less startling when you get hit because you will naturally start mitigating/avoiding shots altogether.

Well, ideally ...

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