Many of you are now getting close to taking your first grading at K-Star Legacy Muay Thai Gym.
Part of the criteria on the grading is sparring, which is something we have been covering recently on the beginners class.
As expressed during the training sessions the idea of sparring is to improve your defensive and offensive ability in a safe and controlled fashion.
There is no need to spar hard as you will see more progression in your reactions and awareness if you concentrate more on getting your technique and timing right.
The extract below is taken from a blog I wrote on my personal website which explains in more detail the benefits of sparring lightly.
One of the biggest downsides to going hard in sparring is that you will get into a false sense of security. If you continuously go hard the chances are your partner isn’t really trying to do much other than survive the round, you will end up thinking you’re Superman when in reality you are not. All you will be used to is people running away from you, in a real fight this will not happen, that person has come to fight and you will not have the know how to deal with him.
You’re better going at about 50/60%, if either your partner or yourself gets caught with a good shot you can analyse how and why you were caught and address it, rather than being scared of being knocked out for making the slightest mistake.
If you are interested in reading the full blog you can read it here on www.damientrainor.com
Many of you are now getting close to taking your first grading at K-Star Legacy.
The gradings are a great way to see how you are getting on with your training, looking at what you are excelling in and what you need to improve on.
K-Star has a very high technical standard when we send our fighters out around the country. This is due in part to our grading syllabus as it allows us to structure the classes around our students current skills and knowledge. This means you will never get intermediate or advanced students/fighters on the same class as beginners and is a trend I will be continuing at K-Star Legacy.
Your training will go up another level after passing the first grading as you will start to learn new techniques and exercises to help improve your overall fitness and knowledge of Muay Thai.
Please speak to myself next time you are in gym to reserve your space for the next grading.