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It's a big subject Smile .eye contact and moving away when sparring are not the same thing. When you "stare somebody down" as you see in professional boxing matches it is a lot more than most karate folks could take.it's a kinda dominance thing.and it is something you need to learn...if you can do it well then you can stop somebody dead in their tracks............
Stryke wrote:I dont do the eye contact thing conciously , most of the time I dont focus and take in the general , usuually if directed I`m looking at the throat area .
not interested in a staring contest , there are folks that`ll steal your soul if you play that game .
jorvik wrote:Well INMHO the girls need a lot more time light sparring, maybe just moving around throwing light kicks and punches at the guys without them responding.then slowly let the guys respond lightly .......I don't think that this is just a female problem.....it's a bit like training a dog ......in my first karate school there were girls there that you hated to sparr with.........because they went straight for the privates or the eyes.....no hesitation.and they weren't gentle
Stryke wrote:just a little bit more than your opponent can handle , and continually ramp it up .
I can spar with chldren and full contact MMA guys , and everything in between .
but of course this takes skill and control , and a respect/realisation that your not going to get snotty and knock someone out if you cant handle it , and a secure enough ego to say whoa back down I`m not comfortable .
but if your not training mentally your comfort levels , and how to handle violence , your really not doing MA
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