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Sometimes you lead (be the aggressor), sometimes you follow (be the counter attacker). Switch from one mode to the other as needed. If opponent is stronger or more aggressive, then you should be a counter fighter. If opponent is passive, then you want to dominate by being aggressive.
Sometimes you have to switch fighting styles in midstream.
When sparring in class, concentrate on a particular technique. Develop that technique until you become proficient with it. Do not be afraid to try something new. Do not worry about “losing” a sparring match in class; this is learning time, not fighting time.
Do not fall into the trap of trying to fight the same as your opponent. Do not always move in the same direction as your opponent. See what type of reaction you draw if you back up when your opponent backs up. If facing a good kicker, do not get into a kicking contest. Fight your fight, changing it as necessary.
Use footwork to avoid attacks and set up for your attacks. It is difficult for your opponent to hit a moving target and, when you are constantly moving, it is more difficult for your opponent to detect the initial movement or your attack.
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