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        Richie Analyze what makes you bad? Most peoples problem are two things:

        poor footwork
        don't know what to do

        Foot work:
        *work on moving in and out without stepping, like a jump, totally forgot the terminology
        *to be lighter on your feet start jump roping
        *do your kata and kihon, really fast, like really fast. If you find you are tripping over yourself slow it down to a speed that you can and get faster over time

        Don't know what to do:
        *Know what you are good at, what kihon are you good at or like doing. Create a three hit combo that will make someone block on area and you hit another
        *watch videos on combos and how to create openings, DRILL these combos over and over and over....and over again.

        All you need are around three of these and you will start doing well. It is all in the mind with sparring.
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        ChuckD I agree with the comments so far that you should try to keep sparring. I believe that people sparring others that are uncomfortable sparring have a lot to learn as martial artists as well. Hopefully to help their growth they will take these opportunities to instruct and encourage. When I spar someone I typically let them set the pace. If they are uncomfortable or new then I just go into teacher mode and try to help them get comfortable, show them combos, let them attach to get used to punching/kicking at someone.

        So please do not step a side would be my advise. Work hard to improve your sparring and the people sparing should also be learning how to teach. It certainly is a two way street.

        my humble 0.02.
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        Dave Magliano Hi Tracy. Strictly my opinion, but sparring has many pros and cons. Over the past 30 years or so, I've seen a lot of folks who are good at sparring but not so good at the art they study, e.g kata, self-defense, they way they treat others, etc. I think one of the beneficial aspects (of sparring) is the chance to come face to face with our fear of getting hit. If you do that often enough, you have a much better understanding of the danger of fighting and why it's important to avoid it. On the other hand, if your sparring is not much more than sport and doesn't resemble the art you study, you must ask yourself what value it has for you. This is a discussion between your and your teacher. Just my two cents.
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