Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Whoops! Control in Multiple Opponent Sparring
One of the strengths of multiple opponent sparring is that it’s less predictable, but that can, predictably, lead to mistakes, and possibly injuries.
Mike and Nathan decide to gang up on Sam, and Mike’s job is the takedown (the most critical part), and Nathan’s is the beatdown (the easiest, naturally), so Sam is down and loses his headgear. Nathan aids the pinned Sam by punching him about the head, as any good friend would.
Nathan decides that this punching stuff is for wussies (really, it’s because he just got his nails done, and doesn’t want to mess them up, or something. So he decides to switch it up and show some variety by adding some soccer kick sweetness into this little soiree (that means formal party for you hicks out there), and draws back for maximum power.
Sam helpfully lifts his pretty chin and intercepts Nathan’s ugly hobbit foot kick on the chin and, getting greedy and gleeful, Nathan decides that’s not enough.
So he delivers another right to his partner’s face with great form, and draws defeat from the jaws of victory by taking out his pin man.
Are there any lessons here? Besides don’t be the takedown man on Nathan’s team?
On a serious note, no sparring or training partners were injured in the creation of this post. The reason for the lack of injury was control on our part. All of my hombres (that mean, um, guys you fight with, but fist bump afterward in a loose translation from the original Spanish). The most important issue in training, at the end of the day is safety, as it doesn’t matter what you learn if you’re laid up in the hospital with a tube down your throat, and you can quote that (as long as you credit this fine blog).
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