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Old 12-22-2012, 08:34 PM   #16
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I don't believe in light sparring cause in competition there are no light punches so I don't see the point. I assume that the sparring is done by fighters of similar weight or close.
also doing rounds focusing in jabbing for example I think is great
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:46 PM   #17
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Theres more harm done Sparring Hard, than it achieves. Sparring is there to learn and understand Skills, and how to appropriate, movement. Yes Sparring can be Hard, but not to often. Over years it leaves its mark, seen to much of it. Good Sparring is when both guys are learning, if not, nobody is, simple.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:02 PM   #18
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experiencing gym wars constantly of course is useless , but for not very experienced fighters , sometimes is better go as hard in sparring as in a fight so they don't get impressed when they get hit.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:48 PM   #19
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I've been in plenty of gyms where sparring is usually a fight, and most of their fighters are shit. I've most improved with my trainer back in Texas, everything was a drill..just jabs, just body, just offense, just defense. Speed covers up mistakes
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:10 PM   #20
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I guess everyone has their definition of light sparring, or hard sparring.
I definitely see the value in conditional sparring (jab only, switch stance only etc..), and we definitely go lighter with newbs and smaller folks. Maybe there is value in it, but it has to be used very carefully. I think if people aren't afraid to get hit - cuz the shots are light, they might crumble under the pressure of competition.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:32 PM   #21
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At my gym we spar light because 1.we have no headguards 2.you have guys wearing 12-14 OZ gloves

I'm glad we do so because going home with a headache sucks and it makes combining education and boxing together nearly impossible.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:47 PM   #22
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How are you supposed to work on techniques/ try out new techniques if you are going 100 %?

I wouldn't be able to focus on practicing my footwork or attempting new counters if my opponent is trying to knock me the **** out

When going @ 100 % I revert to techniques that I am already good at. It feel that consistent heavy sparring would seriously hinder growth not to mention turn your brain to mulch.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:53 PM   #23
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I guess everyone has their definition of light sparring, or hard sparring.
I definitely see the value in conditional sparring (jab only, switch stance only etc..), and we definitely go lighter with newbs and smaller folks. Maybe there is value in it, but it has to be used very carefully. I think if people aren't afraid to get hit - cuz the shots are light, they might crumble under the pressure of competition.
Getting hit with a punch should always hurt. There is no other way to learn from your mistakes. There is a difference between wobbling/hurting someone for making a mistake and almost Ko'ing them.
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When going @ 100 % I revert to techniques that I am already good at. It feel that consistent heavy sparring would seriously hinder growth not to mention turn your brain to mulch.
This is a good point. When you're scared or put under a lot of pressure (like 100% "sparring") you'll naturally revert to techniques already ingrained into your brain.

Not the best way to learn new techniques.
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:06 PM   #25
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experiencing gym wars constantly of course is useless , but for not very experienced fighters , sometimes is better go as hard in sparring as in a fight so they don't get impressed when they get hit.
If you hit as hard in sparring as you do in an actual match you're no longer sparring by definition.
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:44 PM   #26
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In my gym, we only go easy on noobs, but give them a few weeks and it's fair game.

I hear a lot of guys say they've done sparring before, but only "light contact".

We don't know the meaning of "light contact" in my gym. Nobody says "let's do some light sparring today". It's just an unwritten rule that you don't go too hard with noobs (or people that are significantly smaller).
But my coach has always believed that you can't give anyone a false sense of security by going light, and that if you want to be a serious competitor, you gotta learn how to go hard - we all got our asses kicked in the beginning (and I still do by bigger/better guys). But we usually go 80-90% during sparring.

I imagine we're not alone here - and that most gyms don't do this half-contact, light-contact stuff.

So does anyone here belong to a gym that does half/light contact sparring on a consistent basis, and what do you get out of it?

It also means, when you stun your partner then, you got to wait for him to pull himself together and go all over again. Also, when you try new things we normally don't hit at all. BTW, we spar with 12 oz gloves and most times without headgear.

Against smaller guys/noobs, what you said is an universal unsaid rule. Not just in you gym. Haven't you heard "pick on someone your own size"
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:35 AM   #27
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Even when I brought Sparring in, it was instilled into my Fighter not to go Heavy. Reason was simple, we needed them in the next Day to work with, the Sparring partners realized it, felt comfortable so we got the Best out of them. Plus they always came back.
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It also means, when you stun your partner then, you got to wait for him to pull himself together and go all over again. Also, when you try new things we normally don't hit at all. BTW, we spar with 12 oz gloves and most times without headgear.

Against smaller guys/noobs, what you said is an universal unsaid rule. Not just in you gym. Haven't you heard "pick on someone your own size"
12 oz and no headgear?

Is your gym the kobra kai of boxing gyms?
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:55 AM   #29
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12 oz and no headgear?

Is your gym the kobra kai of boxing gyms?
I'm not aware of a gym where they use a 16oz gloves. I've not seen a gym where they use headgear for sparring. That's how it is in my place.. at least in my city.
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Even when I brought Sparring in, it was instilled into my Fighter not to go Heavy. Reason was simple, we needed them in the next Day to work with, the Sparring partners realized it, felt comfortable so we got the Best out of them. Plus they always came back.
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