Progressive Sparring

boxing – hands only
kb standard – add kick – to head and body
thai – lo kix to thigh and knee strikes
savate – all lo kicks
kick only – kb standard
kick only – lo kix

so we smooth this out to create 3 sparring styles for the dojo, all “belt up”, no lo kix:

boxing
kb
kix only

now you matrix:

box v box
box v kb
box v kix
kb v kb
kb v kix
kix v kix

the basic 6 henka

another dimension is added when we allow lo kix

box v kb
box v kix

kb v kb
kb v kix

an attacking boxer will have to deal with the lo kick when closing the gap to punch range

and it’s a different game using kix when your supporting leg is being attacked

we then add knees:

box with knees – thai without kix – box wk
thai boxer – tb

box wk v box
v box wk
x tb

then we matrix

box wk
v kb
v kix



21 phases of progressive sparring:

lead jab only
lead hand only

lead hand and kick only
lead hand and kick v boxing
lead hand and kick v kickboxing
lead hand and kick v kicks only

jab v cross

boxing both

boxing v kicks
boxing v box and lead kick
boxing v kickboxing
boxing v lead kick

boxing and lead kick both
boxing and lead kick v kicks
boxing and lead kick v kickboxing

kickboxing both

add knees and elbows

add takedowns and throws
add grappling

kickboxing v grappling
boxing v grappling