in the thread about sparring i mentioned a special type of sparring called "shadowsparring".... this can also be reffered to as "technique sparing" "technique sparring" or "shadow sparring" is with no pads but very light....... when i say no pads i mean nothing but cup and mouthpeice..... it is only to work technique and all the intricate blocking and parrying of kicks in muay thai. its like a game of perfect technique... you let your opponent win for a while, then you win for a while.... the point is you work on the technique of what your doing. the emphasis is all on kicks and knees and parrying kicks and clinching and so on. there is little punching... you use your hands mostly to block and parry kicks and catch middle kicks and such. this should feel very flowing and absolutly painless. someone really good at this should make it look almost like hard sparring but its flowing and there is very light contact.... eventually you know exactly what your opponent will do and you will leave proper openings or them when they need it and they will do the same for you. it takes a special type of fighter to do this responsibly but this is very valuable for fighters who are primarrily knee and kick fighters. i learn the most this way my question is: how many of you do this regularly? i find it makes my game improve more than hard sparring by far.... and from what i hear, some thai camps do all sparring like this and never really spar at all this is the best way to get the thai style working for you do you guys know what im talking about? do you do it regularly? and do you find it valuable? compared to harder sparring?