This is a part two of the previous article on how to spar. Here are two good examples of sparring at different levels of intensity with Anderson Silva and two other very accomplished fighters, Lyoto Machida and Rodrigo Noguiera.
Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida Sparring
Here we have Silva and Machida sparring light with some kickboxing and BJJ. They are throwing their strikes fast and flowing on the ground, but at the same time are using a lot of control.
Light sparring allows them to try new things out and at the same time not run a real risk of injury.
Both of these guys have a lot to lose with the level that they’re at. They have a lot of reasons to roll and spar with an ego. Instead, they try new things, but balance that out by still challenging each other. That balance only can occur when you trust your partner.
Anderson Silva and Rodrigo Minotauro Noguiera
These two have a lot of history, and they have a great deal of experience training with each other.. Anderson received his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelt from the Noguiera brothers. In the below video, the two of them are boxing at a medium to heavy intensity. There is pretty much 100% speed and 50% power.
The beautiful thing about watching them spar is seeing the high intensity, but the lack of bad intentions. It’s truly a rare thing.
In particular when watching this video, watch Silva’s head movement and counters.
On a side note, just posted a video of some very cool headlocks from Erik Paulson on the Facebook fan page.
Let me know if you guys have any questions about the videos.