I was losing the fight. In the moment, I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. In retrospect, it is all terribly clear. The fight in mention was a sparring match during a recent Tae Kwon Do tournament. My first round opponent was a good guy that I have beaten a number of times. I certainly was not taking him for granted, but I was perhaps a little too certain I would make it to the next round. This time, though, he came at much more aggressively than I anticipated and I immediately went into defensive mode. To paraphrase Mike Tyson, everyone has a plan until they get hit in the face.
I now know what I did wrong. I immediately went into reaction mode and stopped thinking about how to get ahead. I was defending his shots and trying to counter, but not producing my own offense. I landed one sweet head kick, but that was really it. Mainly, it was a failure of movement. Somehow, my feet were mostly planted. I was not creating angles for offense nor moving to make him miss. I made the rookie mistake of more or less standing in his kicking range rather than moving in to strike and out to set up the next move.