Rotating sparring

rotating sparring
Rotating sparring!
One of the first times I saw and used this training method were many years ago and it was a training session of fight No Gi,but this approach I then found it in other areas such as striking it and I used it myself to do workouts”open“, where using this method you can find opponents/training companions with different height/level/weight characteristics.
This training approach/method has several advantages because it allows you to work with more people and forces you to quickly change your strategy based on who you are facing.
You can apply it in the fight, in the striking, or in mixed contexts and self-defense where I will explain how I used this approach.
As you know sparring is the comparison between two people used to train especially in combat sports but not only.
Sparring has always been for me the method par excellence to learn to fight because it is direct and can also give you that right level of stress that you have to learn to manage.
Usually when you are doing the training session, your coach or you choose a training partner and you start sparring.
Usually the choice whether it’s sparring of striking with bare hands, or with weapons or that it’s fight is made considering similar weights, but even if that goes well it’s not a rule
It is possible to increase the effectiveness of sparring sessions by inserting and practicing rotational sparring.

rotating sparring

How rotating sparring works

For this training methodology to actively operate you have to be at number equal greater than 4, because 3 or odd numbers means that someone stays out of the rotation for a time (it can happen, usually when that’s how the coach fits in the round, I do so).

When it comes to doing sparring sessions it is important safety so based on the type of sport or art uses the necessary full protections.

Start the boxing timer and the time will be:

  • 3″ sparring and 1″ recovery for everyone.
  • 5″ sparring and 1″ recovery for everyone.

Once the sparring is finished during the recovery you go to the next companion waiting for the sparring time to start again and so on constantly changing training partner.

In this way you will work with people always different and it is something very important because you usually only work with a person who can also be good because it always depends on the type of training you have to do because when it comes to preparing for a certain opponent it is also good to do sparring with people who have certain characteristics instead of rotating with many opponents but now I’m talking about a method that needs to be used and inserted in your sessions training sessions.

Now as you can imagine that you can happen a beginner training partner who ends up paired with an experienced fighter or a master, clearly the expert must try to make the beginner work to help him not inflate him with a barrel!!.

I know you might think, “but you wouldn’t say it!” instead I assure you that I happened to see this bullshit too.

The senior student, on the other hand, has the opportunity to give advice to his training partner, to allow him to continue training by paying attention to some mistakes he has made or giving him useful advice.

Now if everyone gives you the same advice it means you’re making a serious mistake! He works on that look.

rotating sparring

The rotary training gives you the ability to fight against different opponents,which makes the fight more dynamic, facing an opponent:

  • very aggressive
  • passive that awaits you
  • which is lower than you
  • one that taller than you
  • much heavier
  • lighter
  • agile and fast
  • using different techniques
  • Woman

Training with different opponents can significantly improve your skills compared to always training with your favorite training partner.

Ps. This method has a flaw that sometimes does not give you time to understand an opponent if you face him only once in the training session for this it is good to build the session from meeting the same person at least three times.

Structure the training well!rotating sparring

For self-defense

I used this approach on self-defense by providing all participants in the rotating sparring session with a different task or weapon:

  • Naked hands
  • Knife, New10
  • Stick/Umbrella
  • Gun
  • 2 versus 1
  • Plastic bottle (glass)

Clearly everyone has a task and must use that type of weapon during the session, depending on the number you can form multiple groups or limit weapons and situations.

The advantage of this method is to use your weapon in different contexts to get used to using it but the interesting thing is the quick strategy change that you have to use having to constantly change the type of situation and weapon.

Rotating sparring Fighting Tips - Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport

Rotating sparring is a useful training method to improve your combat and adaptability but as I told you before you get the most effectiveness if the rotation allows you to re-meet the same type of opponent at least three times.

My advice is to do more rotation groups if the classes are numerous and dedicate an entire training session to be able to do multiple rounds with the same person.

Rotating sparring Fighting Tips - Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport

Use it! Have a good workout with rotating sparring.

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Written by Andrea

Instructor and enthusiast of Self Defence and Fight Sport.

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