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#194288 - 10/15/05 06:59 AM Finding sparring partners
Hoss Offline

Registered: 10/14/05
Posts: 27
Does anyone have any suggestions about how to find some sparring partners. Everyone at my MA school is considerably smaller, including my instructor and do not seem to want to spar. I am still in the white belt stage and figure they could probably handle themselves pretty well since many are blue and black belts. I have resorted to asking co-workers to ask their husbands to spar with me and I am getting the same "deer caught in the headlights" look that I always get. I am 6'3", 255 lbs. I am not a mean, out to hurt someone type of individual. I just want to spar and will do whatever type. I just can't find anyone that wants to. How do other people locate sparring parters?

#194289 - 10/15/05 09:43 PM Re: Finding sparring partners [Re: Hoss]
JKogas Offline

Registered: 01/25/03
Posts: 10818
Loc: North Carolina
Normally you find these partners at the school you're training at. Find a BOXING gym if you can and you'll be much better off.

Instructors who don't want to spar = places you want to avoid!


#194290 - 10/17/05 01:46 AM Re: Finding sparring partners [Re: JKogas]
Mark Hill Offline

Registered: 08/12/04
Posts: 1068
Loc: Australia
Ease up, my instructor only just turned 50 - he still fought at his last grading (December). He hasn't sparred since then though. I wouldn't put him in the same category John.

If an instructor doesn't fight, I put it down to the wrong attitude. Some are worried if their students can beat them.

As an instructor, I would want my students to eventually beat more or be my equal. Otherwise my instruction blows, IMO.

#194291 - 10/17/05 06:56 AM Re: Finding sparring partners [Re: Mark Hill]
JKogas Offline

Registered: 01/25/03
Posts: 10818
Loc: North Carolina
Doesn't mean fighting Mark. Sparring doesn't have to be all out. I'm quite sure the majority of 50 year olds can do that unless they've just had that BAD HIP replaced or something.

You'd think he could at least find SOMEONE to spar with. Sounds fishy to me.


#194292 - 10/17/05 09:04 AM Re: Finding sparring partners [Re: Hoss]
Neko456 Offline
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Registered: 01/18/05
Posts: 3260
Loc: Midwest City, Ok, USA
Hoss Stop asking people to spar with you. As you mentioned you are just white belt, it might not be time for you to spar. Work on your basic and note that there is a big difference in sparring like you see in the Movies and TV.
Learn how your shcool does it.

Usually in a dojo they want to give you something to work with then teach you how to use that, blocking and attacking a little foot work and then you learn how to spar.

At that stage you will get plenty of sparring from these smaller students and Instructors. You will find that you have your hands full with all the attacks and in and out move they give. They maybe too fast for you to handle, and you will learn smaller doesn't always mean not enough power to hurt you. Believe me I know I'm about your same size and I've had to pick myself up after sparring or working with smaller people alot, 6'3 225lbs not quite as big as U.

You will note during demos they all want to work with YOU, so practice break falls often. Its just more impressive to beat down or throw a bigger person. So its not all gravy being the biggest guy in a dojo!!!

Edited by Neko456 (10/17/05 09:08 AM)

#194293 - 10/20/05 01:16 AM Re: Finding sparring partners [Re: Hoss]
Hoss Offline

Registered: 10/14/05
Posts: 27
A co-workers husband heard that I have been wanting to spar and now he wants to spar with me. He is a whopping 6'6", 295 lbs. I may not be able to do much to phase him but I think I would definitely learn the importance of speed and staying out of the way of a punch. I know I should wait a while but I have always had a hard time sitting on the bench.

#194294 - 10/20/05 06:02 AM Re: Finding sparring partners [Re: Hoss]
Gula Offline

Registered: 10/18/04
Posts: 78
Dont you have sparring time in your class or some kind of a "sparring class" in your school?
As JKogas said I too would strongly recomend visiting a decent boxing gym... If you dont fear your nose to geting sore =)
For my experience it would give you the best sparring and learning experience. Also they (at least the boxing gym Im going) usally puts the bigger guys to sparr with slightly more experienced fighters to eaven up and give both fighters a good match to learn something from. In the BOXING RING you will see that the size does not mean so much.. ,unless your talking about over 20kg difrence..., I once fought about 10kg lighter guy and tought this would be a piece of cake.. my nose started to bleed in the first round hehe

Good luck!
No Brain, No Pain!

#194295 - 10/20/05 09:38 AM Re: Finding sparring partners [Re: Hoss]
schanne Offline
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Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 4370
Loc: Woodbury NJ
Where do you live?
The way of the warrior does not include other ways... Miyamoto Musashi Schanne

#194296 - 10/20/05 03:36 PM Re: Finding sparring partners [Re: Gula]
Hoss Offline

Registered: 10/14/05
Posts: 27
We have sparring at my school but he wants everyone to wait about six months to a year, regardless of past experience. He has fight night once a month but he said that I would have to wait at least a year, maybe more for that. It seems like a pretty good place overall. I am just surprised at how skittish so many people are around me.

#194297 - 10/20/05 03:37 PM Re: Finding sparring partners [Re: Hoss]
Hoss Offline

Registered: 10/14/05
Posts: 27
Schanne, I live in Gainesville, GA, on the northeast side of Lake Lanier, about an hour north of Atlanta. How about you?

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