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Even if you have the lead, do not back off. Do not worry about making your opponent look bad. If you really want to help your opponent, wait until after the match and discuss the match with him or her.
After completing your full attack, make sure you have a disengaging technique that will help create a gap between you and your opponent, such as jumping backward with a pushing front kick.
Quick reflex fighters do not move much when sparring because they do not need to move. Many opponents do not realize the quickness or are too impatient so they keep walking into range.
Do not do a lot of impressive stretches or practice kicks to impress the crowd; your opponents are watching. You are merely showing your weapons to the enemy.
Never take your eyes off of your opponent, even if a punch is coming directly at your face. Try to slip it and while keeping your focus on the opponent.
Use double attacks, kick and punch at the same time to different areas, such as punch to head while front kicking to mid section. Do not look at an incoming attack. An off-road motorcycling trick is never to look at a rock in front of you. If you look at it, you will hit it. Just be aware of the rack and take evasive action.
When you see a punch coming, block or slip it while firing a counter over or under it. There is always an opening behind an attack.
When your opponent over-reacts to all of your movements, you have to calm him or her down. Attack a little slower, only use single attacks, or focus attacks much too short so the person starts to calm down. Then use the same technique in combination with a quick counter that catches him or her off guard.