Some people are very good at certain combat sports such as Muay Thai, Boxing, Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, etc because they train hard for it as well as learn from valuable tips that are given by their martial arts instructors or knowledgeable course mates. If you want to become a better fighter and see tremendous progress in any combat sport you practise, it is a good idea to keep in mind the following pieces of advice.
Never drop your guard
When fighting, there are so many things to pay attention to: your balance, your posture, remembering your fighting techniques, having proper footwork, and etc. Although these things are very important, it is strongly recommended to always keep your guard up no matter what, even if you are attacking or you are being attacked. If you drop your guard, you are basically inviting your opponent to hit you and the fight can end prematurely and not in your favor. On the other hand, if you always make a conscious effort to keep your guard up, you minimize the chances of being hit by your adversary and you have a big advantage during the fight.
Don’t tire yourself out
Especially if you are a big guy and you recently started to practise combat sports, it is a good idea to save your energy during a fight and attack only in the most favorable moments. If you don’t do this, a clever adversary might try to provoke you so that you get tired quicker. If you get tired in a fight, you have little to no chances of winning, therefore, always keep in mind to conserve your energy and stay calm.
Test your adversary
In a similar fashion, if you never fought with a certain adversary before, it is wise to test him first and calibrate yourself accordingly. Testing the waters is a smart thing to do because it will give you more information about the experience level of your opponent, his weak and strong points, etc. You can test your opponent by applying different fighting techniques and seeing his reactions. For example, if he doesn’t have a very good footwork during the fight, do your best to throw him out of balance and you have better chances of winning the match.
Don’t get distracted
Sometimes it is easy to get distracted in a fight, but it is also very costly too. Smart opponents can quickly take advantage of your smallest mistake and they might win the fight against you. In order to avoid this, make sure that you forget about everything else and you focus all your attention on your enemy. Don’t listen to the crowd, don’t look around you, keep your eyes on your enemy and stay focused and not get distracted.
Obviously, all these pieces of advice should be observed frequently in the training gym until you master them and become natural for you. By the way, if you are looking for a place where you can practise Muay Thai or other types of combat sports then you are gladly welcomed to check out our sports gym!