King of the Ring
Participating in martial arts requires some form of sparring to get an accurate representation to use it effectively, on the street or in competition. Muay Thai sparring allows us to practice our skills with our training partners in a live situation. The key word to take away from this is “practice”. In my time with Muay Thai, I’ve been a part of some intense sparring sessions. These type of sessions lead to big hits which can cause immediate damage or damage over time. Sparring is about learning and honing your skills. One of the problems I’ve seen a lot of people make when they start sparring is they throw strikes as hard as they can. This does more harm than good. First off, the match can escalate to you and your partner trading big shots and no one learns anything from the round. Second, it can give you a false sense of your abilities. If you are striking as hard as you can and your partner is in survival mode the whole round you might think you are the next gift from God. In reality, your partner didn’t want to take any serious damage. All you will get used too is people running from you and you won’t be prepared when someone on the street fights back. Finally, people won’t want to spar with you. If they know you are just going to try and beat them up they will just decline your invitation. To help prevent these types of sessions, you’re better off sparring at about 50% power and speed. Learning and growing should always take precedent over becoming the “King of the Ring” in the gym.