10 Sparring Games for Boxing And Kickboxing

Sparring games - boxing and kickboxingSparring Games help focus on specific attributes for fighting in order to accelerate improvement. By isolating a specific situation we are able to target specific skills to develop in a faster rate than just trying to improve them in regular sparring.

Jab only – Spar only using the jab.

  • Jab only sparring is great for beginners. In the intermediate and advance stages this is a great templates to start adding different sub-games such as timing counters or take downs against the jab. Also can use other techniques, like leg kicks only or side kicks only.

Shoulder Tag – Try to tag the shoulder or knee. using hands only

  • Shoulder/knee tag is also great for beginners. It helps to develop cat-like reflexes and footwork.

Hands low / No blocking – spar with out blocking. Use your legs

  • No blocking sparring game helps develop distance management and how to rely on your legs for for offense and defense.

Hands Up Mid- Close Range Only – stay in the pocket, keep your hands up, Throw combinations.

  • Mid-close range sparring game helps accelerate the experience of fighting close. It will tighten up defenses as well as offense.

Offense vs Defense – One person stays on offense and the other defense

  • This game mostly helps the defender on transitioning to different defensive techniques. Defender can stay stationary or rely on their legs for most of the defense.

Offense vs Counter – One person stays offense and the other defense/countering.

  • This game helps both sides but mostly the attacker. Tightening up Offense while considering defense during and after.

Counter for Counter – exchange attacks one at a time. Should be constant and non-stop.

  • This game helps improve counters for both fighters. Constant back and forth non-stop helps avoid mental processing and develop better habits of reacting improving fighter’s intuition. Game can also be with any numbers of attack at a time, such as counter in 2s or 3s.

Kickboxing vs Boxing – kickboxing should primarily use kicks while boxing needs to close the gap.

  • This game is about distance management. While the kickboxer works on maintaining distance the boxer works on closing the distance.

Boxing vs Clinching/take downs – One person stays on offense while other defense/clinch/takedown.

  • This game works on takedown defense while punching, as well as patience & timing while the defender is aiming for a takedown or clinch.

Boxing with Takedowns – both fighters box with take downs.

  • This game works on takedown offense and defense awareness while throwing punches. Developing takedown set-ups and trying to find the right distance while punching.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.






Facebook Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *