I am doing Muay Thai Sparring. As a man, what is the proper etiquette of sparring against women? Lets keep this question professional and polite to both genders. I want to be generally respectful and honest about this.
I generally do light 10% / air sparring against women (nothing big).
However in one of the classes, they are doing maybe 25%-50% power (or even more). I may rotate against a woman.
To me, I don't like it because rule is:
- if you "hit a woman too hard, the man will appear bad". And other men in the classroom who tend to showboat, get angry.
- If a "women beats you up, men still look bad".
- plus chivalry rule, "don't ever hit a woman". Many dads allow wrestling/grappling between brothers when they are kids. Some dads will never let their brother touch their sister.
Either way, men may lose in some fashion or another. Plus many people I talked to hold back their true will when sparring against women.
Again, airboxing/light sparring against women is fine. Doing BJJ (Jiu Jitsu) is good, since its a non-striking sport. However Muay Thai is different since it can lead to direct bleeding/cuts, which is less likely in BJJ. Let me know your strategies. Something I should bring up with coach, surpised he allowed this in the intermediate class. Open to any good answers.