As promised, my client focused more on Boxing/Muay Thai sparring this lesson. We warmed up with sport-specific mobility exercises, muscle activation and calisthenics. Then we continued with the shadow-boxing programme, working through different strategies for different fighters. This was first done using Western Boxing and then using Muay Thai.
We then began partner-work. Prior to Western Boxing and Muay Thai sparring we drilled a type of semi-free sparring. This began with single one-for-one techniques, which then built into an exchange of one combination for another. The next step was to encourage the fighter to counter from the combination being fed to him. As always, the devil is in the transitions (to further butcher an almost ruined idiom) and it is here that the art of control comes to fore. The coach needs to encourage the fighter to counter without a) providing him with a static target or obvious opening and b) allow the exercise to digress into an outright sparring match. This type of coaching is another example of Dynamic Feedback Loop Training. Here the objective is to create a fluid response to another opponent’s actions rather than to brace against the impact and wait for a break in the action.
The lesson was finished with free-sparring.