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Old 11-22-2012, 09:11 PM   #1
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Has anyone switched their fighting style completely in a sparring match or amateur match and found that they became more effective?

e.g. boxer turned brawler or inside fighter turned outside fighter
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:34 PM   #2
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Yeah, but its effectiveness really depends on the kind of fighter you're up against. Certain styles will be more effective against others, but it works both ways; you might change your style to something they can deal with more effectively. On the other hand, you might change to something they struggle with. Personally I think its greatest value is it keeps the opponent guessing; they might go back to their corner at the end of the first and think they know you and be gravely mistaken. The trick is to be comfortable with it: everyone has a style they favour which works as their 'default', so if you're going to change frequently you need to make sure that each style is distinctly different and you can keep to that style even after taking a heavy hit or under intense pressure. Reverting to your default style in the middle of the round makes the whole exercise pointless.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:47 AM   #3
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yeah i see where you are coming from and that makes sense, sometimes switching it up makes a lot of sense and can work. do you think making certain adjustments is overall better than switching your entire fighting style?
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:11 AM   #4
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If you can switch styles, and the other fighter can't, you can have a huge advantage.

If a fighter loves to brawl, you box him. If another loves to counter, you bulldoze him. Fight the fight that ur opponent is least comfortable against. Don't fight his fight if u have alternatives.

Mentally, if a fighter is fighting his own style, he stays strong, even if he's losing. But if he's rendered ineffective by another style, they can break down and even want to quit. Which is one of PBF's main strategies.
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