- Sparring is, of course, a dialogue: if you take a hit during sparring, you MUST acknowledge it.
- You must never get frustrated. If you keep getting hit at low speed, it's your fault and you need to figure out your mistakes, because clearly you are not defending yourself well enough.
- If you're getting overwhelmed at low speed, your natural instinct will be to speed things up. This is a gigantic mistake. If you do this, you will simply signal to your partner that you lack control. This is an open invitation to your partner to hand you some badly needed discipline, in the form of an ass-whoopin'.
- Sparring is an opportunity to practice your striking. It is NOT an excuse to engage in full-on melee combat.
- If you're up against someone significantly taller and stronger than you... well, you're f***ed, but you can reduce the amount of damage you'll take by moving your feet to get out of trouble where possible.
|Hey, fighting doesn't always have to be serious...|
The only problem is that your opponent might just decide to use that time to spike the nearest major organ into paste through a few vicious body shots.
BONUS: Check out this video from Fight Quest, from a while back, showcasing both military and civilian Krav Maga, as practiced in Israel itself. If you look really closely, you'll see my teacher right there at the end. (Yes, I've sparred with him. Yes, he is a certified card-carrying Israeli ex-military hardass. And yes, he is death on a pale horse on the mat. When he gets "the face"- we all know what "the face" looks like- then it's time to watch out, because the end result is going to be a bloody nose... at minimum.)