Agility/footwork for sparring

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    Apr 07, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    The best way I can explain is the most recent fight I had. This guy, who is a bit shorter than I could MOVE. He was able to advance towards me and pivot circles around me without losing speed. Actually it seemed like he was gaining momentum . Thankfully due to my timing, we both went home with bruises. But now im wondering what type of training could I do to improve on my agility cuz i can definitely use that in my skillset. Any sports or exercises that I should consider?
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    Apr 07, 2012 4:43 AM GMT
    Take a 2 or 3 mile run, intersperse sprints, running backwards and then side to side, drop down for burpees and then take off from a starting position for sprints again. Just keep mixing up the movement, direction and speed. Or draw a line in chalk on the floor. Hop laterally over and back as fast as you can for 60 seconds. Then do it moving forward. Then backwards.
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    Apr 07, 2012 10:36 AM GMT
    Thank you. I will try that but damn burpees followed by sprints?!?!?!!?!?!?!? thats gonna kick my ass. cant waiticon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 07, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
    mortal12 saidThe best way I can explain is the most recent fight I had. This guy, who is a bit shorter than I could MOVE. He was able to advance towards me and pivot circles around me without losing speed. Actually it seemed like he was gaining momentum . Thankfully due to my timing, we both went home with bruises. But now im wondering what type of training could I do to improve on my agility cuz i can definitely use that in my skillset. Any sports or exercises that I should consider?


    Depends on what kinda sparring are we talking? I can give you advice from a TKD standpoint...if I were about to fight, I would practice by target sparring...helps with speed and accuracy.
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    Apr 07, 2012 3:16 PM GMT
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    mortal12 saidThe best way I can explain is the most recent fight I had. This guy, who is a bit shorter than I could MOVE. He was able to advance towards me and pivot circles around me without losing speed. Actually it seemed like he was gaining momentum . Thankfully due to my timing, we both went home with bruises. But now im wondering what type of training could I do to improve on my agility cuz i can definitely use that in my skillset. Any sports or exercises that I should consider?


    Depends on what kinda sparring are we talking? I can give you advice from a TKD standpoint...if I were about to fight, I would practice by target sparring...helps with speed and accuracy.

    I was actually wondering the same thing. If you're talking about boxing that first workout I suggested is good. If you were talking about mixed martial arts I can recommend a lot of wrestling agility drills like get ups and shuttle runs. I've got a lot of experience with agility drills since I wrestled at 170 pounds but unfortunately had the speed and agility of a heavyweight. lol
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    Apr 07, 2012 3:20 PM GMT
    mortal12 saidThank you. I will try that but damn burpees followed by sprints?!?!?!!?!?!?!? thats gonna kick my ass. cant waiticon_biggrin.gif


    I can still do that workout and I'm an old man compared to you. You'll be fine. And by the way, it's not a real workout unless you come home with bruises. I think Lady Gaga said that.
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    Apr 07, 2012 3:55 PM GMT
    Another suggestion but it might test your manhood....some modified ballet training. My sister is a ballet dancer and I picked up a lot from her. Her husband is the huge guy with me in my pic. He sneaks into the studio when no one is around and trains with her. He's twice my size but can literally and figuratively dance circles around me in the ring.
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    Apr 08, 2012 11:25 AM GMT
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    mortal12 saidThe best way I can explain is the most recent fight I had. This guy, who is a bit shorter than I could MOVE. He was able to advance towards me and pivot circles around me without losing speed. Actually it seemed like he was gaining momentum . Thankfully due to my timing, we both went home with bruises. But now im wondering what type of training could I do to improve on my agility cuz i can definitely use that in my skillset. Any sports or exercises that I should consider?


    Depends on what kinda sparring are we talking? I can give you advice from a TKD standpoint...if I were about to fight, I would practice by target sparring...helps with speed and accuracy.



    Yeah my friend Kristian is black belt in TKD and I remember all the fights I had with him, how fast his accuracy and his positioning was that he could strike from different angles .

    I train in American goju Ryu karate. The guy I fought had judo, boxing, muay thai, goju ryu, and more that i probably dont know about

    I wouldnt be ashamed to get ballet. I heard about the benefits as well. I just don't have the money to afford lessons...but maybe a little youtube tutorial might help a lil lmao