How to Do Slow Sparring Successfully

I’m a big fan of slow sparring as a training tool. It is an ideal way to focus on mechanics and precision, develop strategic and tactical awareness, and work on the necessary relaxation and fluidity required for high speed combat in a more manageable setting.

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Why Go Slow? The Benefits of Slow Sparring

Slow sparring is used in boxing, MMA training, diverse Eastern martial arts, as well as sharing many similarities to slow tactical training exercises in lots of different sports. And I have found few swordplay students that don’t benefit greatly from its practice.

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