So I had my first real sparring session today. Yesterday I had a light light session with a noob but it was mostly me showing him techniques and letting him throw punches at me while I countered at about 10%. Usually when I mess around like this (also did alot of backyard boxing in hs...I know stupid) I'm really comfortable dancing around and blocking punches fairly easily. First thing I noticed today I had my hands up but I didnt feel like I utilized them very good as a guard, I relied more on movement and keeping my partner away with my reach. For my first sparring session I guess I did great, I landed a ton of kicks and a few good shots, while keeping the center of the ring and avoiding taking very many hits at all from my partner. Everyone afterwords said I looked very relaxed and composed. However I did not exactly feel this way lol. One of the things I had trouble with was when I got rushed I would get a bit nervous and didnt feel as composed. I would usually back up, circle, block a few shots, and then move inside for the clinch until I could push him off me and work my range with kicks. Wasn't necessarily bad but I just felt had we been going 100% instead of 40% it could have been alot worse for me. Then again those kicks would have been alot worse for him so its a moot point. I have realized after reading this thread that I fight the exact same way. http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?t=749544 What is the best way to get over this? Its not that I have a problem with getting hit, its more that I don't like getting rushed and bullied. I like to keep my range and circle. Did I do the right thing or should I have thrown more strikes while he was coming at me because he was kind of open?