Want to know 5 kickboxing sparring tips? Kickboxing as a contact sport involves two opponents of similar weight, sparring each other using contact between fists and feet. The rules in competition state opponents can strike with fists and feet above the hip, and use front leg sweeps to the inside and outside, however use of elbows and knees is not permitted. Kickboxing sparring rounds last about 2-3 minutes and go 3-12 rounds with a 1 minute rest period in-between. Here are some tips to help someone who is learning how to spar in contact kickboxing.
- Stay light on your feet. This will help to keep impact to a minimum. Stay on the balls of your feet and move in a light back and forward motion with your heels barely touching the floor. Sparring in Kickboxing can move at a fast pace, and being lighter on your feet will allow time to move suddenly if neccesary.
- Utilize Slipping. This means you rotate your body slightly so when incoming punch comes in it will pass next to your head. Muhammad Ali was famous for his fast and close slips. Once you have rotated your hips and shoulders it will turn your chin sideways and allow the punch to “slip” past your head.
- Keep your Guard When Sparring in Kickboxing. Guarding varies on the individual boxer, on whether they wish to protect their head or lower to protect against body hits. Most boxers will vary their guarding as they adapt to the fight. So some will always have their fists protecting their face when not punching to protect their head, others may guard lower to be ready for lower body hits.
- Punching and Jabbing when Sparring in Kickboxing. Don’t aim for the target, aim behind the target and keep your chin down. Also do not stay in boxer stance more than five minutes at a time, as this will lower your endurance quickly.
- Remember to Breath. It may sound obvious, but people have to be trained to breathe correctly when performing any form of exercise. Breathing is something we take for granted, but when we are exerting ourselves we need to take deep slow breaths through the noise, and exhale through the noise. Be conscious of your breath so you do not hyperventilate or pass out. This helps keep your blood oxygenated as well.