5 top tips to get you ready and into the sparring frame of mind… and becoming a take-no-prisoners force of nature!
1. Slow is Focus, Focus is Fast.
The idea being to develop instinctive reactions with slow combinations that progress to a speed where it’s difficult to keep up. When training, start slow with particular focus on technique and form before eventually developing speed and an instinctive agility. As Oscar De La Hoya mentioned, take your time, look for that right medium between speed and power and make your combinations flow with confidence. Eventually combinations, counter-punches and reactions become wired into the mind. Remember, slow is focus, focus is fast!
2. Drill Everything like a Mad Man! (In other words, work hard!)
It’s important to train hard in every aspect of your training, whether that be fitness or nutrition orientated, the process gives you an idea of where you need to apply your attention and work harder. Eventually a better understanding of your strengths surface. With top fighters it is a question of working hard, building your knowledge and experience to make a strategic analysis for fights.
3. Finish Fights, Be Exciting, Don’t be afraid to Experiment
First or all, relax and control your breathing. Don’t hold it, or you’ll get tired.
Form fighting is essential! You need a game-plan but like all exciting fights, predictability is at a minimum. Fights aren’t choreographed, it can go anywhere. Don’t just look to negate your opponent by finding his strengths and avoiding them. Be resourceful, focus and build your awareness.
4. Trust your Coaches
“I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. I just do what my coaches tell me to do,” says MMA legend Rampage Jackson from an interview back in 2014 with Fighting Fit. “I’m not the kind of guy to tell my coaches what I want, they tell me what to do and I do it”. Put in simple terms: a fighter that listens is a fighter that learns and improves.
5. Rest Up and Eat Right
Rest and nutrition are one in the same thing. Resting and eating properly is essential when training hard. Eat, sleep and training is a big part of the equation when it comes to success. Make sure you get a good diet and the right amount of rest to be ready for the next training session!