The first move is to close the distance between you and your opponent so you are in striking distance. Fake a move before executing a kick to help prevent a counter attack.
All attacks should be similar to a child's Jack-in-the-Box toy, where you turn the crank and unexpectedly Jack jumps out of the box. For example, when executing a jump kick, there should be no extraneous movement or bending of the knees in preparation for the jump. The opponent should see you standing there in your fighting stance, and then suddenly, you are in the air.
From "open" fighting position (opposite lead legs):
From "closed" fighting position (same lead legs):
Work from the "inside" and in center of the ring whenever possible. If you want to use your footwork to set up your opponent, circle and sidestep around the opponent, not around the ring. If your opponent is in the center of the ring and charges you, simply sidestep to the inside and then past him or her. In so doing, you have switched places with the opponent and gained a more advantageous position.
Every attack should be explosive, powerful and, when possible, a surprise. Mix your real attacks with an occasional fake one. If the opponent flinches, do not attack, a counter may follow. If opponent begins a counter and then retracts it because he or she is convinced your movement was a fake, hesitate a moment, then release your real attack. If you fake and your opponent does not flinch, then immediately deliver your attack with full force. If the opponent does not move or flinch when you fake, you are either fighting an idiot or a very good fighter.
If you deliver only a single attack, be absolutely sure you are going to hit the opponent with it, otherwise, do not throw it and waste energy. If you deliver a technique but miss the target, be sure to sidestep out of range immediately or follow-up with two or three more attacks. Do not stand there waiting to be hit. This establishes your superiority and causes the ring officials to notice you. An effective attack would start with a convincing fake, followed by a calculated barrage of attacks. Attempt to back up your opponent until he or she is off balance, and then deliver the crucial blow. Or, you can deliver a two-technique assault calculated to draw a specific counterattack, which you may then capitalize upon with a third technique. If you score with a specific technique, keep using it until the opponent finds a way to defend against it. Many opponents are unable to adjust and correct what they are doing wrong in the short time it takes to finish a round, or even a match. If it works, do not fix it. However, if the opponent has found a way to defend against it, switch to a different technique. Do not stay with a losing technique, even if it is your favorite one.