View Full Version : Clueless how to spar properly

01-03-2008, 08:56 AM
Hey all,

Just had my 3rd boxing session there last night,first 2 were pads only,got sparring last night and I really didn't have a ****in clue what to do....

I was moving fairly well,on my toes and taking ALOT of punches but i didn't know how to attack at all really?Any suggestions?Like when should you aim to time your punches,to hit the body or the head,and all that?

Sorry,I know it's a real rookie and general question to ask but I really didn't have a clue.Anyone give me some pointers?

01-03-2008, 09:32 AM
most important thing is to keep you gaurd up

if you hsve a longer reach just throw jabs at him 1-2 and 2-3 jab combos
so If your are othodox stance left, left or left, left right stuff like that.
you need learn the basics from before you star throwing hooks/upercuts.

mr tricky
01-03-2008, 12:10 PM
yeah, i wouldt worry too much, you learn everything with time, at least youve been in the ring now and had a feel what is like, you will learn to time you punches corctly with time and practice,
what really haelp me when i started and still helps me loads to this day is to, always feint , throw a jab then feint a jab or feint a jab and hit him with right, or feint a jab then he blocks and soon as his hands go doown jab him, always look ready to hit him and making him think and guess,

keep you hands up close is very im****ant!

try to move around the ring dont just go back and farwud in straight lines which is what i always see biginers doing, try circling to the left or right and with suden change of direction,

after you both throw some punchs and the action seems to serarate as you move apart quickly flick a jab in his face, make him suprisied !
use the elment of suprise,
if you get him in the corner and the let him out go right back after him,
beginners seem to only never cover up and move in straight lines.

my game relies on me completly making them guess and suprising them i use my brain more than anything,

now you will learn lot smore over time dont worry if you cant do all that stuff just practice and get better

01-03-2008, 12:24 PM
isnt sparring in your 3rd ever session a bit premature??????

01-03-2008, 02:10 PM
isnt sparring in your 3rd ever session a bit premature??????

That's exactly what I thought.

mr tricky
01-03-2008, 02:21 PM
yeh i must have missed that, i didnt start sparring untill 2-3 months

01-03-2008, 03:11 PM
I don't think anyone can help u with that at this moment , U first need to learn punching , blocking, ducking, ... before you can spar properly and then we can give you tips to box beter but now anything we say won't really help.
I was still learning footwork on my 3rd session

01-04-2008, 12:18 AM
third session? that might be a bit too early. I just started sparring after a month of training and still wasnt able to do much, i only got couple good 1-2's in everything else was blocked or sliped, next couple times where better, just takes practice and patience.

01-04-2008, 10:18 AM
The coach up there always throws beginners in early to get them a feel for the ring,i didn't mind it like,it did give me a feel for the ring pretty well,i just didn't know how to attack,it forced me to learn to defend which i thought i did alright,still though would've been nice to go in with a bit of a clue!

Thanks neway for the help lads.

01-04-2008, 07:55 PM
My coach didnt like letting me spar till me got medicals an that was about 4 monthes in lol

01-04-2008, 09:27 PM
I sparred after 3 lessons, so I don't really see the big deal. I guess trainers just use dfferent styles

01-04-2008, 10:06 PM
I sparred after 3 lessons, so I don't really see the big deal. I guess trainers just use dfferent styles

i wouldnt trust ur trainer he let u spar without a mouthguard while the other person used bag gloves

01-04-2008, 10:40 PM
with a good, reliable and extremely cautious sparring partner - it is ok to spar on your first lesson.

At the end of the day, whats the point training for 3 months then realising that you hate the sport and the feeling of the game.

With a ultra- considerate sparring with you - you do ok sparring after your 3rd attempt.

All i'm gonna say in advice to your sparring - be confident and don't be afraid of getting hit -i've said it a few times on here - but you can't get in the water with out getting wet, and you can't get in the ring without getting hit.

Just relax, practise and enjoy.

01-05-2008, 10:31 AM
isnt sparring in your 3rd ever session a bit premature??????

same here. I was allowed to spar with boxing after 3 months of training, after 5 years of boxing i went on to do muy thai. My new trainer only let me spar after 2 months, while i clearly new how to defend myself but i respect good trainers.

For me a trainee cannot ask the trainer if he can spar, the trainer is the one that will tell you that you are ready.

I have seen people spar after a week of training, a month of training, well they go flat on their face and stay there for a couple of seconds. Getting knocked out does something to you and it is not cool, be very care full with sparring