One thing I notice when I spar MT or boxing is just as the title suggests, sloppiness. Not necessarily in technique (foot work etc.), per se, but just punching slop. When I am shadowboxing or daydreaming I always imagine hitting the intended target beautifully. It's pure gold. When I spar, it often turns into a shit show. I've been at it for a few years now, but no matter what, light sparring or hard sparring, I throw a jab the other guy throws a jab, it's stuffed. Kick the other guy kicks. Stuffed. Awkwardness. It's a cacophony of smacking leather. I was just sparring/boxing with a guy my size tonight and we were doing well staying in the pocket but nothing seems to land properly; it just gloves smacking gloves. His style is a bit unorthodox and his punches are all over the place, so that is likely a factor. It may also be because we sometimes go at different speeds. Or... I just suck, which is ok I can live with that My analogy is as follows: If you have ever been a catcher in baseball, did you ever get the feeling that it's hard to catch the ball knowing that the batter will likely hit it and you will inevitably catch air? If I am trying to throw a combo I find my gloves trying to hone in on his head when he moves it, because otherwise I will punch air. It's like I see that my next combo shot, be it a 2, 3 or what have you, will not land and it breaks my rhythm. I realize the combo is meant for the last strike to hit but when you throw successive punches should you be aiming where he is going even if it throws your technique and balance out of whack? Or should you just throw maintaining proper stance and technique?