What works for you in Sparring/Fighting?
What works for you in Sparring/Fighting?
This thread is to serve as a center of discussion to talk about different tactics, techniques, and strategies that you may use in various situations in the ring. Do you have any thoughts on how a particular fighter’s techniques, or how they set up their punches? Do you have something that you’ve wondered about or your own bag of tricks that you’d like to get feedback on? If not it would be in your interests to explore these dark areas and adding this to your thoughts to this discussion we can all shed some light on how different things work.
Now if you’ve sparred enough or have had a good share of fights you should have already found out that there are things that you’ll face more than once, and things that you gotta be ready for. As you progress in the fight game you’ll be pitted against people with different styles, techniques, and their own bag of tricks some of which you may have not have seen before. Your learning experiences from fighting, and sparring to get the best of them is where preparation that meets opportunity.
If you need a little help getting over writer’s block then here are a few things that you can talk about:
-Why do certain moves work in certain situations and others don’t work due to a style or situation?
-When dealing with a particular punch…
-When fighting a particular kind of an opponent… (height/weight/reach/speed/strength/styles)
-How do you set up your best punches/combinations
-What do you do when your opponent does what…
-How to neutralize an opponent’s counter…
-Nifty moves that you’ve seen done by a particular fighter…
-What works for you?
I’ll start off with tall opponent outreaching me, fighting side on with fast straight jab.
Hard to get around and outpoint someone who turns on the spot, follows you around with their best shot like that!
You can disrupt their thinking by slightly leaning back as it comes simultaneously checking their fist with a light glove shove across the front of your face with your rear hand while attacking their extended arm, right at the point underneath where the bicep joins the triceps just above the elbow with angled hook or uppercut as you lean back.
This sets you up to instantly follow the wounded arm back in and get inside him or over the top of that arm from the outside.
When someone is raining blows into you and your tightened up, squat, covering with no way out.
You can take your front leg back through on a 45% angle right through to where its now the rear foot (SO you have ducked slightly down and out)
while you do this the rear arm becomes the front and swings up "attacking his arms from underneath" (it swings up little finger up with the palm of the glove facing out and attacks with the forearms outer blade) and it covers your centre line as you retreat, your other hand stays near your own lead arms elbow through the move for rear back up.
As you do this, watch for his openings as he is forced to readjust.
You are then only open to a hook or swing and he still has to step in to make contact, so you have gained time and position.
You end in a bent knee recoiled position with your guard up to either continue moving back or to the side or continue with a counter from underneath or whatever you choose.
You have given your self time and an escape with safety.
Fighting a guy in the same stance; A right cross over the top of his left jab after you adjust your foot work and body to avoid it, works well, as his own arm covers your cross from his own line of sight,(especially the case with someone the same height or just slightly larger than you, as these tend to stick a jab out continually and you can read the next time its coming easily.
Nice to pull that lead foot back to make him miss ,go out to the side and forward with your right foot and right cross over the top of his retracting arm all at the same time.
(Happens all in just under one second)your face goes around his outstretched glove, but you are on the move as its coming ;
your head follows a u shape around his glove ,out with foot work then around with weight change to right side and back up the out side with the right foot.
Your right hand and hip turn on the cross ,your punch follows his glove back just as your right foot lands so does the punch, it follows his jab back home so he don’t see it.
This is a rare one but useful towards an end fight situation especially if the opponent and you are tiring but going for it!
When someone is getting into you with swings to the head (either because you deserved it; or maybe you sneakily left that opening for them ).. Try dropping your lead glove down and raising your elbow as you slightly face the inside of the incoming hook so you hide behind and use it to attack the inside of their attack.
Their forearm comes to a dead halt up against the outside of your elbow. IT takes balls and timing as you don’t budge you actually can even move forward slightly and face the point of contact (This kills the overcommitted, heavy, take your head off type of swing shot).
You are open to their other hand once the original one is spent so keep tight and check it when it comes in with your free hand. You are right on the inside here and he has unexpected major arm pain and a big doubt in his mind, so finish the job.
Where’s all the posts? What the Doesn’t anyone have any thoughts on why something in particular worked or didn’t?
Well, what about stuff you have all noticed on videos of fighters. What’s you favorite move someone has pulled off? OR the rarest one you have seen work on your favorite fight?
I remember during Morales/ Barrera (no. 1 I think) it was? Barrera has a move he uses when he knows where an opponents body is but isn’t sure what he is doing.
He puts up an arm like a hail Hitler sign but extended further out and just slightly turns into the opponent with it. This is smart because he uses it like an ariel!
He has control then and can feel what the intention of the opponent is, as well as forcing the opponent to have to try and come around that feeler that’s out there.
Barrera sometimes leaves it out there to stop over the top style shots landing by simply slightly turning it and making contact with the inside of the shot!
That has so many benefits when in close because it deadens the shot, protects his own head from it and it allows him remain in close for an instant counter.
It is said that no two boxers have the same style but once in a while you find an opponent with very similar skills - defense and offense - how do you handle that with your style?
At distance ,I'd go for interruptive moves and try to disrupt his timing by continually changing mine so that I can set up on new angles and make him turn into face my new position, so I can catch him doing it for added power.
IF it was nose to nose I would try to do it by watching his timing and resetting my attacks and counters right in between his, so at least it doesn’t end up force meets force; I think personally that positioning gained through outsmarting them and getting yourself set properly for the added power on a shot (and catching them turning back into you) is the only way out of a head to head fight where either one of you may drop.
(Someone is going to say head but again aren’t they.)
How many times do you see great fights because both fighters have something to prove and slug it out like they are set in concrete blocks.
When they both enter into that mindset;they either fight like that or go out to long range distance fighting before they get back to nose to nose, they never seem to use their skills to find new angles in close with half footwork and slight body shifts or ducking under and out to the side but remaining close and controlling etc.
They are great fights to watch,(the best)but the fighters are ripping themselves off by having something to prove to the other, or the audience.
Originally Posted by Andre
Andre on Switching/Changing-feet:
Try this for a start, its the most under-rated /unused footwork for switching. IT is avoiding then /attacking with power.
Your both in the same stance; they are left hand forward /left leg forward as they attack with a lunge at you with a jab ,(As its coming)remove your left leg ,place about 6 inches behind your rear (this makes them miss and gets you out of distance);
(you have to control their arm at the elbow point with the outside of your left glove (like a German salute ,hail Hitler as you go around) then slide your right leg out so you come back into head punch contact range and attack with (now in the lead position right hand) backed up with your movements and body weight shifting in behind ,it should be devastating.
They have to react to this bodily or they are caught.
A great fighter will back out instantly, so just remain in the stance and shuffle after him throwing the whole time.
Most try to turn bodily around to follow you and keep you in vision, which is to their end as they are turning into your right hand, Ba Boom.
OFF the ropes
Switching out from a square /neutral stance immediately after ducking their blows and sitting back into and on the middle rope is a great way to escape as no one is trained for that answer to being backed up and bombed out on the ropes.
As you switch out, bomb them back to that off side as you go around ,stand your ground next to his head readjust your stance and let loose on him, its another winning move as he has to back out fast or turn in and down to face you again. The way to go is out and under which ever side he has just extended trying to get to you as you laid back/go that same way out, so your not running into anything. (the attacker has to be in a neutral square stance laying into you evenly with both hands pinning you there on the ropes for this to work and you time it by pulling your front foot back into rear position and taking off with the other foot and going under him. IT takes practice and great timing by feeling his intention and heading the weaker way. ITs well worth while to train this into your routine as every pro ends up in that position one time or another .
You can even bring it on yourself and suck them into a commitment if you don’t have respect for their power and want to finish them off ,you can get a lot of added power off the rope and the movement once your timing is right; so you can even go back with the rope sit so your out of range and then throw a great low hook to the stomach or low walk through type of straight shot with full force/then switch out and bomb them over the top as they react.
There’s many things you can do in the trapped situation,
Most are waiting for the smother grab and the twisting throw around to change sides to get them on the ropes instead;
So, you can out think their natural reaction and train to grab, pull in, (Their reaction is to pull back bodily) but you let go instead and then follow them out with power shots!
Quote from: HEsoNIce on December 18, 2004, 04:59:44 PM
best way i know to nullify someone's left hand is to first test it out and try to figure out the speed and manner in which he will throw the left. Also I like working my way into the inside and keep the fight at close quarters, especially against taller fighters( I have relatively short arms). So basically I try to figure out and time my opponents punches(but this means getting caught with the shot(s) a couple of times at the very least) and taking a quick step to the other side, followed by a counter of my own. I been working on it and I'm nowhere near pro but it takes a great deal of effect of the punch, if it lands at all. I know it sounds pretty basic, but I find it to be very effective if you keep moving and never stand in front of the person. I try not to move straight back but it happens sometimes and I get caught. Just watch out for the uppercuts, trust me.
You work on stretching your legs and you can go real low using them to revolve your head under his arms and look for the openings while your down there and then use the flex in your legs to put spite on your punches coming from down there its a finishers shot.
You would be able to move in on some peoples attacks and choke them off (before the power is dispersed) getting you further inside them that way too.
Originally Posted by Andre
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