Get the most out of your sparring
Sparring is something taken very serious by those that are equally serious about their martial arts journey. Sparring might not be everything there is to the martial arts, but it is definitely a major part of the learning process. Whether you are training for competition, for self-defense or even personal development, you want to be sure your skills at sparring are at solid level.
Questions do arise among martial artists regarding safety and sparring. While many would like to spar, they will be concerned about suffering any potential injuries. These concerns are not the result of being overly cautious. It is definitely important not to get hurt in sparring because doing so will undermine any benefit you are seeking from a sparring session.
Simple rules to sparring safely
To be sure you get the most out of your sparring, you should follow a few basic rules:
- Allways have the proper safety equipment. A mouthpiece, knee pads and a groin protector will be a must for any sparring whether it be standing or on the ground. Errant injuries can occur when you do not have these basic pieces of equipment in place.
- When you are performing boxing and kickboxing sparring, you definitely will want 16oz boxing gloves, headgear, and thick shin guards. For those sparring MMA style with MMA gloves, be very careful as these gloves do not offer a lot of protection.
- Where you spar is equally important when safety is concerned. You need an environment that is safe for sparring. A boxing ring, a cage or a Judo/BJJ mat are designed for the safety of the practitioners. Training in the local park might be fun but you would be taking quite a few safety risks in such an environment.
- Train under adequate supervision. When you are new to sparring or are a relative beginner in the martial arts, you will best served sparring while an experienced expert is watching. This will boost safety levels immensely.
- Only train with partners that are considerate and conscientious. It would not be of any benefit to train with people that can present a safety risk to you. Such people have no place in the dojo.
- Train slow and in a controlled manner. This will reduce injury potential immensely. Being reckless in sparring is a very, very bad idea. Always spar in a manner that enhances safety. Do this at all times!
Sparring safely and effectively in the martial arts is not hard to do. Just following a number of common sense tips will ensure you achieve the desired results.
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