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How to Get Over Your Fear of Sparring

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Sparring can be intimidating, especially if you’re new to martial arts. But it’s an important part of training that can help you become a better fighter. If you’re nervous about sparring, don’t worry – there are things you can do to overcome your fear.

Start Slow

One of the best ways to ease into sparring is to start slow. The instructors here at Impact help people who are new to sparring go slow through a basics class. It is highly encouraged to practice basic techniques at a slow pace. To learn more about our programs, check out either the Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or Filipino Martial Arts pages. As you become more comfortable, you can gradually increase the speed and intensity of your sparring sessions in the advanced training series. Our instructors can help guide the way.

Talk to Your Instructor

Your instructor is there to help you, so don’t be afraid to talk to them about your fears. They were once a beginner too and can offer their insight on how to improve your sparring skills and overcome your challenges.

Talk to Your Training Partner

Communication is key when sparring. Let your partner know if you are uncomfortable with the level of contact or if you need a break. Make sure you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to the rules of sparring, especially if you are in the basics program.

Focus on Technique

When sparring, focus on your technique rather than the fear of making mistakes. Concentrate on doing your techniques correctly and effectively. This will not only improve your performance but also help you stay focused and calm.

If you get the chance, head over to the Impact Online App or YouTube channel for technique tutorials.

Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself

Remember that sparring is a learning experience, not a real fight. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you make mistakes or don’t do as well as you hoped. Instead, use your mistakes as opportunities to learn and improve.