Hi I am in Singapore and the culture here is different...i.e. Asian culture. 'Face' is very important in Asia and Asians (less the Japanese perhaps) generally are egoistical and lack the ability to criticise themselves. They want to look good and 'win' (whatever that means) at all cost.
I go to a gym for Muay Thai and they 'spar' with headgear and shin pads and body pads. And they hit 100%...well the overhelming majority of them anyway. They don't want to 'look bad' when others are watching.
I don't know how to spar like this. I mean, I either spar or I fight. Sparring to me is about going at 50% or so and learning technique and timing. I spar with my good friend and we go light and have a good time each time. Fighting is about hurting my opponent and killing him off.
So I join a sparring session, and then they hit 100%(I've spoken to them and their delusional responses range from 'you are wearing a headgear it will be okay' to 'we are only hitting at 50% but it sounds loud maybe'
), but I don't want to kill my opponent...say unload 10 punches to his chin and knock him out...although I am very tempted sometimes. I can't do that as well as I will probably get thrown out of the gym.
Yet I don't see the point of dancing around in the ring and taking damage from 100% crosses and jabs and uppercuts and worry about hitting him unconscious.
It doesn't make sense...I don't know what to do.
I have spoken to Indian and Pakistani and Chinese fighters and it seems like they all 'spar' like there is a medal to be won each time too. So it is an Asian cultural thing.
No wonder these countries have produced no good fighters.