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Things To Remember When Sparring In MMA


These are some simple yet effective skills and techniques to remember when sparring in MMA.

1. Control the distance

– When you pair up with an opponent, after your bow or glove touch, get your guard up and make sure you create just the right distance to control the fight.  Keeping distance and striking range in check will allow you to better defend against an attack and respond with a counter.

2. Keep them thinking when you back out

-When you move around your opponent, hit him with something. It’ll keep the guy busy trying to defend it, rather than him coming back with a counter. A lot of fighters will attack then back up in the same angle then attacked in the same direction again. It would be more effective if you attacked then cut the corner while throwing a distracting blow. Keeps your opponent on the defensive in a reactionary role.

3. Try new things

– You’ll never know if something works unless you try it. In this sport you don’t roll up to people with just a bunch of punches and no kicks. Learn multiple martial art techniques and use them. You have two feet and two arms that can do soem damage in numerous combos. So don’t be afraid to develop and use new skill sets instead of just sticking to what you think you’re best at.

4. It’s your fight, make him fight it

– People are good at different things. A tall fighter is going to have long range, shorter ones will likely get inside and pound it out. Figure out what fighter you’re going up against and make sure you keep them from getting what they need to fight effectively. Get in close like to kick. Wrap them up if they like to punch, things like this can turn the fight in your direction and keep it there if you are able to effectively maneuver your way around it.

5. Change your angles

– Don’t roll at your opponent head on. No matter their size or skill it’s always smarter to attack from an alternate angle. Wether it be a couple inches to either side, this will create openings for making your strikes more effective.  It also keeps your opponent moving and guessing at where the next blow is coming from.

6. Act, act, act

– Like most things in life if you don’t do it you’ll miss out on it. Many people will never launch their attacks, instead they are thinking about what they are going to do. In the time they are doing this, their opponent could act first and take your down. Be patient but don’t hesitate if you see an opening.

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  • iKick4Skyrim

    This helps out a lot ill be sure to use this the next time I spar thanks!

    • Great! Let us know if there are any other aspects of sparring that you’d like us to cover in a future story.

  • TheWolfman316

    I’m an amateur fighter and I just had my first fight last Saturday. One of things I didn’t do number 6, I hesitated a lot and thought about my moves too much. I really appreciate the tips and I’m definitely going to implement #6 and #5, I kept going in and out the same angle. Thanks guys!

    • Congrats on your first fight! Thanks for letting us know these helped out. Really basic stuff that all our coaches should and usually do remind us of. However I know it’s really easy to forget when you get into the ring. It will take a few fights for you to build that confidence and be relaxed in the ring. Keep us posted on how you’re doing! 🙂

  • I believe the main factor of a fight would definitely be control.

  • Tyler John

    article with great points. Act, act, act is key, in my opinion. Instead
    of merely planning, we must EXECUTE. Adjusting to the person you’re
    sparring with is key, as well. On the street, there is no guarantee that
    you will be in your comfort zone. We need to learn to adapt and be
    comfortable with the process.

  • Christopher Reza

    Adaptability is key, and so execution. But I think fighters should all focus on just becoming more fluid in there strikes and how they fight overall. Fluidity is what brings confidence and natural raw power!