Tips For Sparring Success

5 Tips For Sparring Success

Over the last decade, we’ve helped hundreds of martial arts students achieve sparring success. There’s no shortage of helpful advice we can offer when it comes to technical tips:

  • Keep your guard up
  • Maintain a stable stance
  • Focus your eyes on your partner
  • Retract your punches and kicks
  • Keep moving

But if you’re new to martial arts training, and especially just starting to spar, these technical tips can sometimes fall short of being helpful. So, if you’re frustrated with your most recent sparring experience or you’re just ready to take your skill development to the next level…keep reading.

First, it’s important to acknowledge that sparring is more than just a physical exercise. There’s a mental component to sparring that must be equally developed. Clearly, the best tips for sparring success encompass both the physical and mental.

Keep in mind that sparring is simply an opportunity to try out your martial arts skill development on a resisting partner and, with the right mindset, it’s quite fun!

Here are our five tips for sparring success:

 

Have A Plan

Sparring is just as much a tactical exercise as it is a physical one. Sparring requires you to constantly be thinking about your next move. While your plan will need to adapt to your sparring partner, it’s always advisable to start any sparring match with a general plan. Knowing your personal strengths and limitations is a huge benefit. If you’re taller than your sparring partner, you can use your legs to keep them out of range. If you’re smaller than your sparring partner, you’ll want to get in close to take away their optimal range.

Sparring with different partners is also a huge learning opportunity. Want to level up quick? Spar with people who can out-pace, out-punch, and out-plan you. Study what they do and ask them for help. Some of the most effective strategies we’ve learned have been from sparring partners who were better than us.

Stay Calm

It’s ok to feel nervous before sparring. Unless you’ve been training for a while, you’re probably not use to the idea of someone punching and kicking at you.  It’s important to accept that in a sparring situation you’re going to get hit (after all, even the professionals do!). The key is to control where you get hit and how you respond after. Practicing offense and defense drills that help you experience what it feels like to absorb a punch or kick will build your confidence in this area. As you build trust with your sparring partners, you’ll realize it gets easier to remain calm, even with punches and kicks being thrown at you.

Most importantly, remember to breathe. It’s common for people to inadvertently hold their breath as they spar. Practice exhaling when you strike so that breathing becomes routine, even when your focus is on blocking, evading, and countering. Ultimately, breathing and remaining calm will help you conserve energy and strike with better precision.

Stick To The Basics

When your adrenalized, complex movements are more challenging to pull off successfully. When you first start sparring, use the most basic techniques you know: jab, cross, hook, and round kick. Sticking to the basics will increase your skill and also keep you mentally focused. In fact, simple and direct works best 80% of the time. Save the more complex moves for the remaining 20% of the time.

While it might be more comfortable to throw one strike at a time, using combinations will increase your chances of connecting with a viable target. Counters are also key. It’s easy to find yourself in a position where your partner is doing all the striking and you’re doing all the defending. Look for opportunities to counter after defending every strike your partner throws.

Check Your Ego

Every sparring match begins with a respectful bow as a reminder that both partners are prepared to help and not harm the other. Sparring is not about beating up your partner. Ultimately, ego clouds judgment and can cause you to rush and even loose control of your power. If your primary focus is striking with power, your technique will suffer and you will miss the opportunity for growth and advancement in your skill development.

When it comes to having the best sparring experience, adopt a givers mindset. Sparring is not a competition, it’s a partnership. When both sparring partner focus on helping the other improve, magic happens. Mutual challenge and respect results in mutual development and benefit.

Focus On Learning, Not Winning

Sparring is not about winning or loosing. Some days, you won’t be able to miss, while other days, you won’t be able to hit a single target. Sparring is all about learning. Every time you spar, try to improve from the last time.

As we mentioned before, sparring is just as much mental as it is physical. While you’re sparring, rather than focusing on winning, focus on your mental state:

  • Stay calm and remember to breath
  • Be aware of your position and guard
  • Concentrate on your opponent or partner
  • Practice those problem-solving skills
  • Stay in control of your emotions

Most importantly, have fun! Remember, it can take years to get really good at sparring. The best martial artists are the ones who show up, consistently put in the work, and enjoy the experience.

 

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BIGGEST Gym Secret

The Biggest Gym Secret Revealed

Today, we’re going to share with you the BIGGEST gym secret that most of those others gyms don’t want you to know… gym memberships DON’T work.

Surprised?

Think about it… imagine owning a car but never learning how to drive it. You might agree that would be absolutely ridiculous but that’s exactly how most gym memberships operate! A person will visit a gym, select a monthly membership, and then use it about half the time never knowing how to get the most out of it. In fact, of the 20% of Americans who have a gym membership, just over half (56.6%) use their gym membership at least twice per week.

But you’re not like most people.

You know their biggest gym secret and you have a secret of your own: Invictus. That’s right! You need the right coaches to help you get the most out of your membership. Because at Invictus Martial Arts we take a personalized approach to your training helping you maximize your results.

We prioritize your training to help you…

  • Get stronger and more flexible
  • Improve focus
  • Develop good habits
  • Set goals and achieve them
  • Grow in confidence
  • And so much more!

So stop paying for a membership that doesn’t work. And start investing in a personalized approach to your wellness with a FREE session at Invictus. We have new classes starting and invite you to get real results today. Click below for the class that interests you the most and get started for FREE…

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Is It Safe To Go To The Gym

Is It Safe To Go To The Gym?

At Invictus Martial Arts, we know that you want to feel your best and everyone knows that going to the gym is always an essential part of any healthy lifestyle. But in order to do that, you need to feel confident that you’ve clearly made the right choice to get training again. The problem is there’s so much contradicting information out there regarding the safety of training at a gym which makes you feel confused and unsure of what information is even reliable.

We believe investing in your health always includes a commitment to exercise well-being. Fortunately, fitness training has been not only scientifically proven to reduce stress AND boost your immune system but making an educated decision about returning to the gym really shouldn’t be that hard. And we understand your concerns about keeping proper spacing, hand hygiene, etc, which is why we’ve taken bold action steps to ensure that you and your family will always have wellness-supported, enjoyable training sessions here at Invictus Martial Arts.

Here’s how we do it…

Smart Spacing

Committed to going above and beyond the minimum guidelines, we at Invictus Martial Arts have smartly spaced dots on our training mats that maintain a distance of at least 2 meters (6’ 6”). As an added benefit, all our group training sessions leverage a small group training philosophy allowing up to 18 pre-registered participants per session. If you’re like us you’ll love how easily you can now train together while maintaining proper distance and getting in a great workout!

Fresh Air Supply

Pushing the boundaries of what martial arts training can be, Invictus Martial Arts utilizes a transformative fresh air supply system giving you confidence and peace of mind. During typical use, our fresh air supply system lets you benefit from hospital-grade MERV-14 air filters to prevent the transfer of bacteria and infectious diseases removing particles as small as 1/300 the diameter of human hair. To us, wellness isn’t just a phase or passing cliche, it’s the air we breathe.

Health-Conscious Flooring

Now, this may not be relevant to you but members at Invictus Martial Arts always love knowing that even their training floor helps keep them healthy. Our Dollamur Swain Hybrid mats aren’t just great for balance and safety at an enormous 1-1/2” thick, they’re also fantastic for supporting your healthy lifestyle. From Dollamur:

Instead of utilizing an antimicrobial additive in the vinyl surface of our sport mats, Dollamur infuses a biocidal additive which is registered with the EPA under FIFRA. Rather than focusing only on treating surface microbes, biocides protect Dollamur sports mats by eliminating potential microorganisms within the vinyl surface itself.

So, we invite you to CONTACT US today to re-ignite your passion for fitness by training In-Person with Invictus Martial Arts. And in the meantime, CLICK THIS LINK to discover all the ways we’re invested in supporting your wellness so you can stop worrying if it’s safe to workout and simply enjoy getting stronger and more skilled at Invictus Martial Arts.

 

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Why A Private Martial Arts Academy Replaces The Outdated Public Studio

When it comes to getting fit in martial arts, you typically spend most of your time deciding which type of martial arts is right for you. While the style of martial arts you want to train in is important to know and understand, there’s something else you really need to consider before making your decision final: do you choose a private academy or a public studio? There are some glaring distinctions between the two that our members want you to understand.

While you can get in shape and learn cool moves at any studio, it may not be the most effective way to reach your goals. Check out the infographic below to learn how a private martial arts academy like Invictus replaces the outdated public studio, then get in contact with Invictus to discover how our members accomplish more in less time through hard work and skill proficiency.

When you’re ready to take your next step, schedule a FREE Private Consultation with us. We’ll take the time to get to know you and what you hope to accomplish. Together, we’ll discover the right training to help your goals become results!

 

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How We Prioritize Your Well-Being

Since the inception of Invictus Martial Arts, the well-being of our martial arts community has clearly been a focus and priority. The intentional design of our state-of-the-art Academy was created to foster togetherness where friends and family alike can train with one another while enjoying all the benefits of a safe environment. Our role and dedication to you, our martial arts community, will be to continue in this vigilance to make ongoing decisions with courage always informed by the latest scientifically-based data and guided by our Creed.

You may be aware that we have taken a series of preventative steps in response to the developing public health concerns, including increased additional cleaning and disinfecting procedures for our industry-leading Dollamur mats as well as the training pads and gear.

In addition to her extensive martial arts training, Mrs. Garza has spent the last 15 years as an Analytical Chemist specializing in clinical diagnostic testing and wisely chooses non-toxic, low-volatile disinfectants that effectively reduce potential contagions.

It’s important to Invictus Martial Arts and to you, our community, that we take every precaution to minimize the impact of potentially irritating fumes and vapors that are often found in harsh industrial solvents by using more natural, organic solutions like essential oils.

Fortunately, our bathrooms support your well-being by having touchless toilets, hands-free faucets, motion-sensing LED lights, and automatic soap and towel dispensers. Bathroom garbages are conveniently located near the exit of each of our spacious bathrooms so that a paper towel can be used to sanitarily exit.

Additionally, every member is required to purchase their own gear to not only encourage continuous improvement through practice and training at home but to also help support good health by reducing borrowing gear. This empowers each member of our community to take charge of their own wellness knowing that clearly Invictus supports your health and happiness.

Lastly, since opening, Invictus Martial Arts has conveniently installed two touchless hand sanitizer stations with highly-effective, foaming hand sanitizer biocide (superior to leading alcohol-based equivalents) which leaves no unpleasant scent or uncomfortable residue. The therapeutic properties of the hand sanitizer we use is anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial as recognized by the FDA & EPA. It easily and quickly kills up to 99.99% of germs and keeps working for 3+ hours after application.

Obviously, we care about our members’ sense of wellness and we will continue to monitor the developing public health concerns, but, at Invictus Martial Arts, you can confidently train knowing that we prioritize your well-being.

At Invictus Martial Arts, you belong.

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