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For every attack, a target; for every target, a reason; and for every reason, a purpose.
Attack when opponent is ready to deliver his or her attack.
Attack vital areas, not hardened areas.
Fit punishment to the situation.
Use one attack to set person up for another attack one to two moves later.
A "Safety Triple" is when, in a combination, the first and last attacks are in the same place. For example, in a punching attack, one jab to the head will probably be blocked but it will draw the opponent's guard upward. If it followed with a quick reverse punch to the abdomen, the second punch may get in before the opponent's guard gets back down, but it will probably be blocked, as the opponent will naturally bring his guard back down. A third jab back to head will probably score since the opponent's arms are moving downward and it takes time to stop the downward movement and start back upward.
Type of attack you use is determined by opponent’s defense.