Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sparring

Last week was the last time I practiced my Ho Sin Sul. I was working with one of my co-workers who is a Brazilian Jiujitsu student. He likes to attack my legs and tries to take me down any chance he gets. Whenever I spar with him, he always asks me why I don't get in close and do a jab/jab or jab/cross combination. I prefer to strikek and get back. It may be my training from my old school. I have to remember what Master G said--think a bit differently when you're sparring. If your opponent is a person who is tall, they may want to keep some distance between the person they're sparring and themselves. If you're sparring a shorter person, they may want to keep you close. You have to watch your opponent and make a decision on your sparring when you're working together.

The one class I went to over at the Legacy dojang was one such sparring night. I was paired with a young lady who GOT the sparring. She was very quick and kept me off balance. I thought she'd be a close figher, but then she used distance on me. If I got complacent with the distance thing, she darted in and and struck when I least expected it.

Sparring with different people is a good thing. It gives you a chance to brush up on your skills. You have to think on your feet. If you are stuck in a rut, you'll be entirely too predictable.

2 comments:

"oldman" said...

Meg,
Very good job on the blog. We are MA cousins so to speak. I train old school Chung do Kwan in the Kansas City area. If you would like to see what we do feel free to stop by on of the link below. Have a good night.

Mark "Oldman" Cook


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http://www.youtube.com/user/PrairieMartialArts

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Meg said...

Mark,
Thank you for stopping by. I'm very pleased to "meet" you. I added you to my feeds and plan on visiting often! I love the videos on your site...they're incredible and I'm excited to see them! I totally enjoyed the Pyung Ahn Sah Dan video. It was highly enlightening!!!

Meg