So if we’re sparring anywhere between zero and eighty percent of maximum (given this further thought and will expand on this), where is there room for high intensity, training to failure type work?
The key to keep in mind here is making sure whatever reps you’re doing aren’t hard on your partner, otherwise, in trauma terms you might as well be sparring 100% which defeats both purposes.
In these instances, find a way to solo or shadow drill at high intensity. Yes, this isn’t going replicate actual sparring, but there’s a compromise to everything. The key is understanding what those compromises are, and filtering through your needs.
Lastly, you need to take the time to get your form right before drilling at high intensity. This is an art unto itself as you have to baby step before you can run: