The fight within the fight – Within every contest in ITF Sparring there is another fight going on. Both fighters are looking to take control 3 main areas within the contest, which if they are successful it swings the balance of the match largely in their favour!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1 – Control of Distance/Range⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The fighter who is in control of the range the fight takes place at has a huge advantage. Do you want to keep the action close, at range or in between both? The fighter who controls this and swings it towardstheir strengths and the advantages they have over that particular opponent will have a huge advantage.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2 – Control of Tempo⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Does a high or low intensity contest favour you the most? If you can dictate a lot of the action and in particular swing momentum in your favour more often. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3 – Control of Ring Position⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Where you are on tatami has a huge bearing on how the action unfolds. Of course warnings has a huge impact on high level contests and usually is the difference maker. Besides exits your ring position also is highly linked to the type of exchanges that can happen.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
These 3 areas are a great place to start when looking to improve your sparring. Usually the fighter who dictates the most of these factors and can reap the rewards from these advantages will more than likely get the win.
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