How to Do Slow Sparring Effectively

I’m a big fan of slow sparring as a training tool. It is an ideal way to focus on mechanics and precision, develop strategic and tactical awareness, and work on the necessary relaxation and fluidity required for high-speed combat in a more manageable setting. The main challenge with slow sparring is that it is difficult to…

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The Answer to Failure is: “Do It Again!”

Training on your own and you can’t get that move right? Do it again. In class and you fail at a technique? Ask your partner to give you their part again. Sparring with a peer and they get around your defence? Ask them to back up and do it again. Do it again until you fully…

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Slow work

I know you’re probably wondering about all the great ideas that came out of Sean Hayes’ workshop this past weekend. In truth there are many, but, I thought I would instead write about slow work and the things to keep in mind when you’re practicing slow work.Here, then, are my seven rules to doing slow…

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