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Hey, guys I took some light sparring footage from my first week back after a covid layoff and think I look terrible. Would love some critique

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10 hours ago, NateNate said:

And I've already heard all the Ben Askren jokes so come up with something new lol

lol when the shoe fits bro haha. Keep it up man! a few notes to keep in mind:

  • Movement is good, too much movement is bad. Your movement was good! you cut angles, and capitalised on your opponents high guard by changing levels. Your opponent was very stationary, turning into a punching bag almost. If you were sparring someone who moved more, or applied more pressure, your movement can turn into too much movement really quickly, wasting energy. Take your time, move when you need to.
  • Use your reach. When you fought long, you were landing more. It also looked like you had the reach and height advantage as well, so if you have it, use it. You landed your push kick every time you threw it, switch it up with your lead teep. Once you land your teep, you can then mix it up with a fake teep to rear straight to keep your opponent guessing. You changed levels in the video, so you should pick it up easy.
  • Combos. Get use to throwing 4 punch combinations or 4 punch with kick at the end combos. You threw in maybe 3 strikes max combos from what I saw. That may transition to you only throwing single shots in a competition fight. If you feel comfortable with 4 strike combos, you will natural get use to throwing more in actual competitions.
  •  Knees. Throw more, I don't think you threw any. They help closing the distance, they can be hidden and set up behind punches, as well as set up your sweeps. Your sweeps were really good, so if you add knees to set them up it will give you more variety.

Getting better is a process man, and you filming sparring and sharing it on the internet is a good (can be bad) way of getting critiqued. Here is probably the best place for it, so keep it up and keep grinding away. 

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Thanks, I really appreciate the feedback! I'm going in tonight and I'll try to keep all that in mind when I spar. My goal is to be able to have a fight or two, but I still feel really far off from that, especially after the covid break

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