When i first started training MT i naturaly was a bit more defensive, i could counter well but i found i was moving back about 90% of the time. i have a solid gaurd and i am geting quite better, but about a month or so ago my Kru spoke to me about not giving up ground and trying to move forward and be more "Controlling" when sparring. Since then ive found my skill set has compleatly changed. I went from someone who could see a lot of openings and land solid counter punches and block a lot, but i was less active with my kicks and knee's. I also had a nice jab i could use, I was really good with feigns and doubling it up and catching people with hooks and body shots. Since ive changed the Majority of movement from backwards and to the side to Forwards and to the side i feel my hands have gone to crap unless i can get people to shell up, but then its more them doing the wrong thing then me doing anything well. I seem to get caught a lot more while jabbing, i felt myself shelling up at times and not being able to watch my partner, something i NEVER did before. I am a lot better at countering with kicks, and i feel like i can land knees and see openings for elbows, but my hands feel piss poor. Is this something to do with footwork, i try not to come straight in. When we spar its in the open gym, not a ring so i feel hard pressed while im backing them up i can never really catch up to them, where if i was in a ring with ropes i know i would be punishing people if they were backing up as much as they do while sparing. Just looking for some tips, i felt my jab was really solid when i started, but now that ive tried to become more agressive in moving forward im starting to abandon my jabs and combos and i dont want to become so one dementional with kicks and knees. Sorry for the long post.