Do not stop to admire your work
This happens when you focus on what your just did. A lapse in concentration, even for a slit second, may cost you a win. Do not pause to admire your work or wonder why your last technique did not score. Develop a mindset that your task is to win, setbacks during the quest are not important, just focus on winning. Keep sparring until the referee calls break.
Be friendly but aloof before your match
Do not give away your strategy and do not let other fighters "psyche you out" before you even enter the ring. The most dangerous fighters are those that sit by themselves and mentally compose themselves before the fight. In general, the fighters who brag about their wins in the last tournament do not make it to the finals. Do not allow yourself to be "psyched out" by the guy in the corner kicking the hand target paddle hard and fast. There is a big difference between hitting a paddle and being a good fighter
- Do not judge an opponent's ability by his or her appearance. You may be in for a rude wakening.
- Every time you get hit, you learn something, even when you accidentally hit yourself.
- The stronger you are, the harder you will hit. The bigger you are, within limits, the harder you will hit.