kinda based off the discussions we have about how certain arts don't translate over because all the guys fight the same way; which brings me to the point of this thread, do you guys face guys who take diff approaches to striking or do you train w/a group of guys who fight/spar in a manner similar to yours. brawler counter guy sharp shooter mover defensive guy outside guy infighter offensive guy etc i know guys who FIGHT have to do this to some degree; but guys who don't fight amateur or pro really don't have to, if someone has a style or approach that is too much for them or not easy to deal w/..then they may avoid them all together or just sleepwalk through the session cus they have no reason to take anything away from it. i will use myself as an example, as when i spar certain guys; an the simple act of me fighting off the backfoot or good forbid maintaining dist/using angles as a a line of def seems to befuddle guys who have for all intents and purposes, have legit-solid skills. These competently and in some cases very skilled guys are befuddled by me cus im fighting defensively, im trying not to get hit or create distance, im picking my shots off angles and footworks circling away or backing up. Instead of looking for contact and closing distance and using angles coming forward. Some guys refuse to even really make an effort to spar, some guys refuse to; they don't take anything from it at all, because they don't like or respect that approach.. Which i guess is fine since most of them don't fight; but as a martial artist and striker, it limits you and your development. Or to put the neg spin on myself, for a min i was training exclusively alot w/point type guys and things of that sort; so i was used to a certain respect for shots, a certain focus on getting away from, blocking, parrying and/or countering shots. Alot of feints, setups, footwork, timing, etc; so when i start training w/guys who did ALOT of contact, then i had issues cus i wasn't used to the workrate..the aggression or the willingness to absorb punishment to distribute punishment. So it gave me issues, for one i don't hit all that hard; an i had totally lost my point of ref of the power necessary to do damage gain respect, secondly i wasn't used to deliberate and intense pressure. Finally the tma guys i was training w/were MUCH faster-explosive-dynamic-fluid than the other guys i got to work w/; but due to the fact that the tma types were more meticulous-careful-respectful and judicious w/shots it didn't prepare me for guys who were gonna come harder or be more wideopen in applying their offense, to me these guys seemed much faster than the guys i was sparring. But that had to do w/how they attacked much moreso than their ability..etc; it broke down my tech and my ability to process cus i had gotten so far away from that approach. Now i got back to my approach of working w/alot of diff styles again and i think it has really helped my growth as a striker/martial artist, for awhile i got stagnated..now im back to growing. so do you guys make it a point to get the good work in sparring, i.e. work w/guys who will expand your skillset and/or perspective; or maybe force you to find interesting ways to apply the strategy that you use (as listed above). When you do spar these diff styles, do you make it a point to improve or do you just get it over w/and leave it at that; part of improving isn't just improving the tech or application, but learning how to use it against guys who aren't doing what you do, guys who emphasize diff aspects of the standup game. I know in boxing working w/the diff styles; even for those who DON'T fight, is prominent.