Beginner Sparring Tips

Beginner Sparring Tips

You’ve been training for a while, started learning your basic techniques and how to put a combo together, done some drilling and now it’s time to test your skills in real time. Get the big gloves out, its sparring time:

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Simple Partner Drill To Stop Yourself Flinching In Sparring

Simple Partner Drill To Stop Yourself Flinching In Sparring

As a beginner the first time you spar is likely to be one of the moments that you question if the sport is right for you, as even people who have just a few months more experience than you seem able to pick you apart at will. A massive part of this is that you’re just not used to the situation and are more prone to tensing up and flinching away from incoming shots.

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Six Explosive Exercises To Add To Your Strength And Conditioning Routine

Six Explosive Exercises To Add To Your Strength And Conditioning Routine

Fighting is all about applying explosive strength and power to your opponent’s chin, but how do you maximise that power? Here are six exercises you can incorporate into your strength and conditioning program to help maximise your explosive power.

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Avoiding Hand Pains and Injury When Wearing Boxing Gloves

Avoiding Hand Pains and Injury When Wearing Boxing Gloves

In sports which rely on using your body as a weapon, it’s understandable that you’re putting yourself at risk of all sorts of aches, pains and injuries. Knuckle, finger and wrist pains are especially common amongst beginners. Quite often these are caused by the same few issues, meaning a lot of the time there are steps which can be taken to get rid of the pains all together.

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Common Training Injuries and How To Treat Them – ACL Tear

Common Training Injuries and How To Treat Them - ACL Tear

You’re sparring in the ring or cage, just moving round, and you quickly change direction to create an angle on your opponent. That’s when you feel a sudden and severe pain from your knee. Or you’re in a fight and your opponent lands a heavy leg kick against the side of your knee, and the pain sends you down to the canvas. Unfortunately you’ve just found out what it’s like to tear your ACL.

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Common Training Injuries and How to Treat Them – Boxer’s Fracture

Common Training Injuries and How to Treat Them - Boxer's Fracture

You’ve been boxing for a while, you’re really enjoying it and you feel like you know what you’re doing in the gym. Everything’s starting to flow and as your techniques getting better you start ramping up the power. One day you’re dropping bombs on that crazy heavy punch bag and bang, pain shoots through your hand and by the time you take your glove off it’s starting to swell and change colour. Say hello to your new boxer’s fracture.

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Why Are Heavy Bags Useful for Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and other combat sports?

Why Are Heavy Bags Useful for Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and other combat sports?

If you’ve ever found yourself in a Boxing, Kickboxing, MMA or Muay Thai gym, then there’s a strong chance you’ll have seen the imposing line of heavy bags hanging along the edge of the room. Often worn on the outside, but still standing up to the regular punishment, waiting for you to give it your hardest shot.

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Weight Cutting Techniques for Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai and MMA

Weight Cutting Techniques for Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai and MMA

In any sport that requires competitors to make a certain weight, cutting weight becomes a skill in itself. From powerlifters to MMA fighters, weight cutting is a popular way to gain some advantage. We’re going to go over a couple of different methods to drop water weight in order to hit the scales bang on your target.

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4 Tips For Your First Time Sparring

4 Tips For Your First Time Sparring

Sparring is the time when you put all of your training, skills and technique into practise against another moving person. It’s not a fight, but rather a controlled chance to fill in the gaps which can’t be taught with pads or a heavy bag – reading your opponent and controlling the situation.

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Blood, Sweat, Toil and Love – Greg Wootton

Blood, Sweat, Toil and Love - Greg Wootton

The following article was written for Fight Quality by Greg Wootton, a UK Muay Thai fighter, personal trainer and Coach.

It’s fighting – The greatest equaliser of class and culture. Where people come to prove themselves and earn respect. To challenge and to learn about themselves. To achieve more than they thought they were ever capable of when they walked in that very first time. Of course, they never knew any of this when they walked in. It’s just training.

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How Beneficial is an Altitude Training Mask?

How Beneficial is an Altitude Training Mask?

You see them all over the place at the moment, there’s someone in every gym with one, they’re all over instagram and you can even spot them in hollywood blockbusters like Southpaw. I’m talking about altitude training masks. That guy in the gym who looks like Bane and sounds like Darth Vader swears it’s the same as training in the Himalayas, but what’s the obsession with training at altitude? And what’re the benefits to using an altitude mask?

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Why The Quality Of Your Fight Gear Matters

Why the quality of your fight gear matters

There are a lot of people out there who go out and buy the cheapest gear they can find when they first take up boxing, MMA or any other combat sport. While sometimes this is down to circumstance, using the wrong gear can actually have a huge negative impact on your actual training.

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The Fighter’s Degree – Greg Wootton

The Fighter's Degree - Greg Wootton

The following article was written for Fight Quality by Greg Wootton, a UK Muay Thai fighter, personal trainer and Coach.


It’s not easy being a fighter. Especially to be a great one. For decades we have been burdened with the stereotype of the simple minded brute. Fighting was once considered a poor man’s game, only chosen by those who didn’t have the brains to excel elsewhere. This, however, is changing.

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The Student-Coach Relationship Within Combat Sports – Greg Wootton

The Student Coach Relationship Within Combat Sports - Greg Wootton

The following article was written for Fight Quality by Greg Wootton, a UK Muay Thai fighter, personal trainer and Coach.


The relationship between a coach and their student is a very special thing. Built on dedication, solidified through loyalty and sealed by faith it is a unique element involved in sports. However, combat sports can be separated from the others by the intricate and intimate requirements of a coach in martial arts and fight sports.

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