Hello all, Finally started sparring again (kickboxing). I’ve always had a good boxing base. I tend to jab a lot, keep my distance, avoid brawls and pot-shot with crosses and cross-counters. Lately though, I’ve been trying to focus more on pressuring as opposed to running around the ring and countering. I want to cover this hole in my striking. Namely, I want to learn to use the high shield defense we see guys like Nieky Holzken, RvR and Joe Valtellini utilize, and stay in the pocket and exhange. During harder sparring, I find I can’t absorb most shots with the high guard. They always seem to find a way around the gloves.