There are two times when you fire a technique at an opponent: when the technique is an attack by you and when the technique is a counterattack in response to an attack by the opponent.
In an attack, you fire at will; you are acting, not reacting. You are the attacker, you are making the first strike. You wait for either an opening to occur that allows you to fire at a target, or you create an opening that allows you to fire at a target.
Wait for an opening
If you wait for a perfect opportunity to fire, chances are it may not come. You should constantly try to control the fight by controlling distance, tempo, direction, speed, etc. Do not be afraid to fire and not receive a score, because, if you do not fire, you certainly will not receive a score.
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