View Full Version : Sparring in different gyms


johnjamieson
01-07-2008, 10:46 PM
my coach is taken me and a few other guys out to spar in another gym, i'm a little bit nervous but I figure sparring is sparring. Do you guys spar out of your gym alot?

yidish pugilist
01-07-2008, 11:44 PM
no but people come to ours, don't be nervous. most guys are itching for sparring you'll be welcomed.

rebmogul
01-07-2008, 11:57 PM
my coach is taken me and a few other guys out to spar in another gym, i'm a little bit nervous but I figure sparring is sparring. Do you guys spar out of your gym alot?
every chance I get. it is good to move around and spar different fighters. everyone has a different style and method. it will be great experience for you.

fraidycat
01-08-2008, 02:03 AM
I have done this exactly once; not even to spar, jut to check the gym out because it's closer to my new place. The coach was a dick and the guy he put me with was trying to K me TFO from the word go. The coach was screaming at him the whole time: "WE DO NOT LOSE FIGHTS!!!" :nonono: ****ing Cobra Kai Dojo revisited. I had bruises the size of plums for weeks. Fortunately, the guy telegraphed severely so he didn't get much of me other than my arms and back.

I wouldn't do it again, I don't think, unless I made it clear to the gym staff that I wasn't looking to go to war. Of course, there are only a handful of gyms in this whole stupid, granola-munching, politically-correct state, so. . . .

Detroit101
01-08-2008, 09:49 AM
I have done this exactly once; not even to spar, jut to check the gym out because it's closer to my new place. The coach was a dick and the guy he put me with was trying to K me TFO from the word go. The coach was screaming at him the whole time: "WE DO NOT LOSE FIGHTS!!!" :nonono: ****ing Cobra Kai Dojo revisited. I had bruises the size of plums for weeks. Fortunately, the guy telegraphed severely so he didn't get much of me other than my arms and back.

I wouldn't do it again, I don't think, unless I made it clear to the gym staff that I wasn't looking to go to war. Of course, there are only a handful of gyms in this whole stupid, granola-munching, politically-correct state, so. . . .

Why didnt you knock the mutha#$%*& out???????????????????????

fraidycat
01-08-2008, 10:55 AM
Why didnt you knock the mutha#$%*& out???????????????????????

I would've if I could've. I'd only been fighting for about a year at that time, and I didn't have much strategy in the ring past survival-at-all-costs. If it happened again today, I'd lay him out.

GoodBoxfella
01-08-2008, 11:23 AM
Yeah you don't know what kind of guys you'll be sparring. I once sparred with a big guy and he went easy on me. Then I sparred with a ****y smaller prick with more abilites, and he went all out against me.
All I can say is, don't take this lightly. Be prepared.

msagrain
01-08-2008, 01:30 PM
yes but when you go they tend to put you in with someone when i fist went sparing at a gym another gym i got beat up lol put i went back about 4 month later a i was way better than him.

guantes123
01-08-2008, 05:15 PM
I use to go to many different gyms for sparring. For me it was very helpful in the fact that the pace for sparring was always different, it gave me a chance to adapt to diffferent styles, and it also helps you adapt to various fight atmospheres. Personally I recomend it because sparring at the same gym over and over can create some bad habbits. You sparr the same people from your gym and you develope too much respect or friendship and you might not want to really push yourself as much. One thing I will say though, be very sharp and aware when going to other gyms cause when you are the visitor there is no such thing as going light or going easy.

My coaches use to always say, go as hard as the opponent if not harder.

Onslow.
01-08-2008, 05:22 PM
yes regularly we visit other gyms and the fighters from other local amatuer gyms come visit us.

its cool. The sparring is heavier and a little more competative (you won't and they won't want to lose face). But it'll be friendly, and they will be welcoming to you. Just imagine if some lads come to visit your gym and they said "Hey, hows it going" you wouldn't shun them and be a dick... and neither will they. If anything they'll be interested, ask how many fights you got, whats your weight... who've you've fought in the area.

Plus...next time your at an Am show - you will see them, and i'm pretty sure they'll give you a wave/nod or even come up and chat and see how you are.

Like the others said - benefits are different sparring partners - you can get used to fighting the same sparring partners. So a change is good - keeps your wits about you... and i suggest you do...because sometimes it can be tough.


Embrace every chance to spar with as many people. It'll be good practice. Don't chicken out now!

Ha! don't listen to Fraidy, that sounds like a horror story!! lol. j/k FC.

johnjamieson
01-09-2008, 10:20 PM
well... that was a humbling experience. I'm a 15 year old heavyweight and theres not many people for me too spar with that are my age and weight, so my coach had a buddy that he used to spar with at the gym spar with me. THe man was like 40, had a gut but hit like a ****ing tank. I was gassed in like 2 rounds. Oh well :( I will spar him again on friday and then again next week.

fraidycat
01-10-2008, 02:03 AM
Ha! don't listen to Fraidy, that sounds like a horror story!! lol. j/k FC.

I do think that my experience was out of the norm. When guys come to our gym, we let them set the pace. No sense in beating someone up during training. Unless they're dicks.

Onslow.
01-10-2008, 04:45 AM
I do think that my experience was out of the norm. When guys come to our gym, we let them set the pace. No sense in beating someone up during training. Unless they're dicks.

All i konw is our trainers and the visiting trainers just keep on shouting "you're here to learn!" "you're hear to learn!"

Migs
01-10-2008, 10:02 AM
When I went to a different gym to spar, they put me in with a guy who was around 5'9, 210lbs and pure muscle and I'm 5'11, 175lbs. The best was he was sparring some other guy while I was waiting to get in with him and he dropped the poor kid which made me feel great about getting in next naturally. I finally get in there and he's going light for a minute and then all of a sudden I'm getting caught with these ridiculous left hooks and he ended up busting my nose open and I had this big ****ing bruise for like 4 days. He didn't put me down but that's only because his trainer stopped after he caught me with 4 brutal hooks. I was all tore up though from them and the best was as I'm leaving the gym that night, I like on the wall and there is this dudes picture...he was a golden gloves champ at one point....**** me.

Detroit101
01-10-2008, 12:01 PM
When I went to a different gym to spar, they put me in with a guy who was around 5'9, 210lbs and pure muscle and I'm 5'11, 175lbs. The best was he was sparring some other guy while I was waiting to get in with him and he dropped the poor kid which made me feel great about getting in next naturally. I finally get in there and he's going light for a minute and then all of a sudden I'm getting caught with these ridiculous left hooks and he ended up busting my nose open and I had this big ****ing bruise for like 4 days. He didn't put me down but that's only because his trainer stopped after he caught me with 4 brutal hooks. I was all tore up though from them and the best was as I'm leaving the gym that night, I like on the wall and there is this dudes picture...he was a golden gloves champ at one point....**** me.

That is a terrible story....what a dick. I havent even sparred yet, but if someone tries that **** on me I will start roundhousing him like Chuck Norris.

Dynamite Kid
01-10-2008, 12:16 PM
ive sparred people who try & take your head off before but u have to be prepared for that with some people, in my experience which is'nt all that much it is best to keep your right hand up at all times use your jab use good footwork to slide out to the side its obviously much harder than it sounds but if the guy is coming forward so aggressive u obviously need to hit him real hard to say show some respect or make him miss & try & tire him out then u take advantage

Juof
01-19-2009, 06:13 PM
its good for experience also getting beat bad once in a while aint bad some people just give up but i think it motivates me to train harder to be the best

sweet*science
01-19-2009, 07:11 PM
I think working out of different gyms would be good. Sparring the same guys over and over isnt a challenge it becomes a cake walk if you do it enough. At my gym different trainers bring in fighters from their gyms and we all bang out. Becomes just one big round robbin session.