Benjamin “Ben” Perlin volunteers for multiple charities and organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest Food Bank, and the Tennessee State Veterans Home. Outside of his volunteer efforts, Benjamin Perlin practices karate and is close to earning his black belt.
Whether you are just starting out in martial arts, or on track to become a black belt, sparring is one of the most important aspects of learning. Here are three tips to get the most from your sparring sessions.
1. Relax – Your body’s natural reaction to a threat is to pump you full of adrenaline and emotion, which often helps in fight or flight situations. While you know you are in no real danger, your body might not realize that. Keeping your cool will help you avoid mistakes and prevent a sparring session from becoming an actual fight.
2. Be Serious – While sparring is not a full-on fight, it should be taken seriously. One of the goals of sparring is to encourage good habits and form, while also challenging you to think on your feet, as you would in a fight. Do not be afraid to try combinations and tougher moves, as sparring offers the perfect opportunity to try them out and develop your technique.
3. Let Go of Your Ego – If you have ever sparred with somebody at a far higher skill level, it can hurt the ego more than the body. Instead of looking at it as a superior showing you up, see it for the learning opportunity it is.