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What are the best sparring combos that you know of and use? Lets compile the most efficient, easy and good attacking techniques to use when sparring 1 on 1 while standing (kickboxing style. No wrestling/lock techniques).
I find that a backfist,reverse punch, front leg round kick usually has me off of the mat rather quickly. :D
Dennis, I was going to suggest the very same one! I love that combo. I sometimes follow a rear-leg roundhouse kick with a jab from the same side.
I also like a little scoop kick to the shin followed by some sort of punch high, then a low punch or kick.
Deep thoughts, by Jack Handy: "Although he was an enemy of mine, I had to admit he had a great piece of strategy. First, he punched me. Then he kicked me. then he puched me again." (paraphrased from Saturday Night Live) :D
Well...there is a difference in my favorite and what really works best for me :) My favorite combo is a feint front leg round followed by a spin jump crescent and finished with a front leg hook to the head. However, that one tends to be more pretty than practical, hehe...so I'd say that my most succesful combo is a lead jab followed by a front leg hook kick.
KB I use fake jab - cross - lead body hook- rear leg round kick (mostly to leg.) this is my favorite combo.
Also like to use (more for karate or karate tournaments) backfist - inverted reverse punch - backfist - reverse punch. For karate stuff I will use double round kick alot and alot of blitz's like the one above. I think Blitzing is the key to karate tournaments so my fav's are pretty well blitz's.
I've usually been able to sneak in a hopping backfist to the head from a feinting kick. Another favorite: inside/outside parry w/ a f. kick. Follow it w/ a jab/backfist and cross/palm to face. Then cover out with a nasty lead hook.
But also remember that favorites don't necessarily mean effective. ;)
Double leg kicks are fun as well. Another favorite is a f. kick to knee then pivot foot and shoot a quick roundhouse to the face.
Push them against the ropes and right, left, right, left, right...
My favorite? My favorite would have to be a rear leg twist kick followed by a jumping roundhouse. Most effective for me would be a jab, low front leg round kick, jab, right hook to the body, rear leg round kick to the head. Then again that is just what I like
I like faking a jab and following up with a rear leg roundhouse kick to the inner thigh(I'm southpaw) then I'll either throw another roundhouse or if I miss, throw a spinning back kick, back fist, or hook kick. I also like throwing a jab, cross, hook, roundhouse. If I throw my hook but my hand goes behind their head, I'll use my other hand to pull it down and throw knees.
myself and my farther have been practitioners of the martial arts for the best part of our lives and well when it comes to sparing it is all in your mind my friend. Now alot of guys, especially kickboxers will tell you that in sparring ultimate force is the means of winning, well trust me it is not, it is movement and prejudging, letting your partner make the first move and simpley getting out the way of it and strinking,
ok so lets se this for instance:
Your opponent darts in with a front kick, you should parry to the outer side of your opponent, at the same time moving forward, this sounds strange, but try it, he/she is left wide open for a devostating and in most cases session ending attack.
Best of luck in your search of good sparring techniques
I hope we cross paths again my friend
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I try not to pick favorities, but jab-cross+something (hook, front low roundhouse, uppercut..) seem to pop up often - quite common, I suppose... knees+elbows from close, that's nice too..
Depends on if we're talking about how practical they are, or how pretty they are... And what style, too. I just recently started Go Kan Ryu and am still on too low of a belt to even spar yet (which feels funny with 17 years MA training already behind me, lol), but once I do start sparring I'd assume I have to stick with GKR techniques. I couldn't throw some flashier TKD stuff while sparring in my GKR class, then again, maybe I could, not sure about the rules there since i just started 4 weeks ago :D
Anywways, I'll split them up.
2 pretty combo's that aren't all that practical, but do look nice - Left inside crescent kick (face), right spinning hook/heel kick (face), left full spin roundhouse (face), right jumping spinning back or side kick (whichever floats your boat). This next one is literally straight from a video game, but it's A) very possible and B) fun, right full spin roundhouse, right tornado spinkick, left spinning side kick and hold up (just to show off the fact you can stop dead on balance after 3 full spins, one of which had you in the air).
2 combo's that aren't pretty, but have worked for me more than once - From short fighting stance (right foot forward), if somebody has stepped in close and hasn't struck you quickly enough, 2 quick and short (so the undersides of your wrists are still facing up, if that makes sense) body blows (left, right), a left jab to the nose, then stepping into long fighting stance (left foot forward now, almost stepping past the opponents right side) you throw a hard right straight into the solar plexus shifting your weight from your left shoulder to right (naturally) and follow through to knock them over. Another decent one, aslong as low kicks are allowed (I've known places that didn't allow leg kicks, so eh), assuming their left foot is forward (if right is forward, switch every "right" you see to "left" and it works the same), left roundhouse to the inside of their left thigh, right roundhouse to inside of their right thigh to knock their balance off further, then land 2 quick and simple straight punches (left, right) to the chest (ideally you'd snap either collar bone in an actual fight since they're very weak, but obviously you don't do that while sparring another student so aim for the chest).
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