The rules of striking arts require that the opponents must fight, so refuse to engage, make him come after you! A strategically retreating opponent is difficult, if not impossible, to hit without an extraordinary effort on the striker's part. Watch for this extraordinary effort and strike when he is committed.
In striking arts, covering an opponent’s hands or holding any part of the opponent's body is not permitted, so cover their hands. Generally, striking artists do not grapple. Any good striking fighter will tell you that it is virtually impossible to keep a worthy opponent from clinching with the other fighter. Stay out of kicking range. Make them come to you.
All striking arts that are effective in the ring must operate under the same underlying principles and fighting rules and remain fundamentally the same no matter what they are called. Lightning fast punches and kicks are possible from a stationary base, but punch speed falls drastically when the fighter is required to move while trying to kick and punch at a moving target, so make opponent move.