You’re biggest advantage in Sparring is being yourself!!
Combat being a non standardized activity, accommodates uniqueness and being unorthodox.
We see it time and time again, where the fighters who bring their own unique flavour and style, pose problems.
The logic behind this is, our brains link the common trends and sequences we percieve and combines all the commonalities for easier recognition and efficiency.
This is referred to chaining & chunking in sports science.
Based on this, fighters who bring their own flair/individual quirks in an effective approach have a massive advantage especially early on when the opponent has difficulty in getting a “read” on you (Early rounds of McGregor v Mayweather).
If there are any unique opportunities within your game, double down on them.
What is unique to your game shouldn’t be seen as a burden, but a unique trait which you poses over everyone else.
There is a reason why “unorthodox” is considered an approach, it’s often very effective.
On the flip side, how should you approach it when you face someone who fits this unorthodox mould?
From my own experience, countering is not an option as the variables such as timing, flow, technique etc are usually not traditional which makes it difficult to counter.
The best option against someone like this to set out your own stall with the basics and look for opportunities for you to initiate first.
This is your best option against someone who goes against the traditional grain.
It also allows you to get to work earlier which is vital in ITF Sparring with short bouts.
We don’t have the luxury of boxers and MMA fighters who have a much longer duration to pick up some reads and figure out the opponent.
By the time you settle, the contest will be most likely out of reach if you fail to take control early on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📍 Double down on quirks/unique/unorthodox movements.
📍 When facing someone who is unorthodox, imploy the basics very well & be first!
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