Muay Thai Mondays: How Can I Relax When Sparring?

Overthinking, Freezing Up and Trying Too Hard In Sparring

You’ve been working diligently on improving your technique in every aspect of your training. When you shadowbox you’re keeping your chin tucked, during your heavy bag sessions you’re turning your hips over when you kick, and you feel crisp as hell when banging the pads with your trainer… but once you start sparring, your technique goes to complete shit.

Why does that happen?

If you can relate to this situation, chances are you’re like most other nak muay who have problems dealing with the nerves and adrenaline of sparring. I was like that at first too. Nervous, excited and completely unaware of how to relax. When the probability of getting punched in the face is extremely high, it can be hard to relax!

In this week’s Muay Thai Monday Q&A, Lucy Stanyer asks for any tips and advice when it comes to overthinking and freezing up during sparring sessions. My training partner Chris Mauceri and I share our tips on how to improve your sparring:

If you want more sparring tips for Muay Thai, be sure to check out these articles as well:

Your 1st Spar Checklist: 10 Tips For Beginners – These are some the best beginner Muay Thai sparring tips that will help you avoid getting your nose broken and spirits demoralized the first time you decide to step into sparring.

Muay Thai Sparring Session Breakdown – In this video I break down the techniques, strategies and combos that both Chris and I use during our light technical sparring session together. Watch in as we punch and kick each other and see if there are any strategies or tactics that you can add to your fight game!

Overcoming The Fear Of Getting Hit In Muay Thai (Sparring Drills and Tips) – These specific types of training and drills helped me toughen up, learn how to take hits, and forced me to learn how to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations.

And don’t forget that every week I will be releasing a new “Muay Thai Mondays Q&A Session” to answer your questions about techniques, fight strategy, mindset, nutrition and anything related to Muay Thai. If you’d like your question(s) answers AND if you want to win a free Nak Muay Nation t-shirt or tanktop, submit your question by:

  1. Filming yourself asking the question. If it’s technique oriented, try to show me what you mean.
  2. Upload it and email it to sean (at)
  3. BOOM! That’s it!

I hope you’ve been enjoying this new weekly segment! Be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel and let me know your thoughts, comments and any suggestions for future episodes in the comments below (or on the video itself).


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