What goes into Muay Thai Sparring?

Posted by Tom on Mar 31, 2009 in Training |

When it comes to Muay Thai training, sparring is an essential element. This may be the most important part of your training because it is when you get to put all of your practice and techniques to good use. Most people love the sparring process because it actually allows them to get into the ring with somebody else. It is fun to train, but it does not get much better than sparring.

Through sparring you can decide what is working for you, which techniques need more polishing, and much more. You never really know what type of fighter you are going to be and what will work best until you step into the ring and try out your techniques on a sparring partner.

As a fighter, it is important to use all of the moves you practice when sparring. Remember, this is not a real right. You are more or less practicing with somebody who is trying to help you become a better fighter. For this reason, you should feel comfortable using all of your moves so you can determine where you are excelling and what needs more work when you get back to training.
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Of course, Muay Thai sparring can also help you build confidence. By sparring on a regular basis you will feel much more confident and comfortable with yourself when you finally step into the ring with a true competitor.

Finally, Muay Thai sparring is a controlled activity in which you are not trying to hurt your partner. Instead, you should be using light contact to ensure your sparring partner’s safety. Your goal is to learn more about yourself as a fighter so you can develop your Muay Thai skills in the best way possible.

As one of the most important aspects of Muay Thai training, you should not take sparring lightly.

Anyone been sparring before? How did it go?

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Dan
Apr 7, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Another thing to remember is that sparring gives you an opportunity to try different things. If you are sparring in prep for a fight, you might want to stick with what works, but if you are messing about, then you can try different setups, feints, etc.

Good post.

Dan


 
Michael
Apr 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm

I’ve been training in muay thai for about 3 months now and love it. My first month I was sparring with a really great fighter and needless to say he worked my face and stomach hard. I’m a quick learner and just recently noticed that all the sparring has helped. Last week when I sparred against him, I gave him a run for his money. It was great =). keep your hands up guys and keep sparring.

mike =)


 
Jimmy
Apr 30, 2009 at 12:33 am

Sparring is something that we do almost every Muay Thai class. Whether it be Knee Sparring or just full out sparring. Thing’s I’ve learned from sparring is:

Spar with everyone, don’t stick with one partner. Everyone has a different fighting style, so switch it up and it’ll help you learn how to adapt. It’s doubtful you’ll fight someone in a match with your sparring partner right?

Like you said Tom, sparring isn’t about hurting your partner, save it for a match :P

The most important thing is after sparring, try to analyze everything you did, why did I get hit so many times? Ask for feedback. Sparring is part of self development as a fighter, and the best thing you can do to prepare.

You can do all the padwork in the world, but if you can’t spar, well you’re deadmeat.


 
Tom
May 2, 2009 at 10:33 am

It gets so much easier after a while. Don’t get intimidated. Remember: The person you’re sparring also started from your level.


 

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