Now that we’ve broken Analyzing a Fight down into more manageable parts, we can start putting them back together and using them. We can either do that outside of the fight or in the fight itself.
Analyzing Outside of the Fight
When you’re watching a fight as an outsider, you’re really trying to gather information. By watching someone fight, the goal is to walk away understanding how they fight and who they are as a fighter. Start by forming a general idea of how they fight. Are they defensive? Offensive? Do they dominate the fight or are they pretty reactive? Once you have the big picture, you can start filling in the details. Do you they fall into any patterns? Do they have a signature move? How do they react in certain situations? Strengths? Weakness?
Because you’ve trained yourself to see more clearly, you’ll be able to pick out these details and start piecing them together until you have a more detailed sketch of your opponent. Then you can start formulating strategies or theories on what you can do when you face them. Is your style a good match for them or do you need to change things up a little? How can you use your strengths to exploit their weakness? Etc…
By taking the time to analyze your opponent(s) before you face them, you can enter that fight with a game plan and allow you mind to focus on your plans instead of trying to unlock the puzzle while not getting stabbed.
Analyzing Inside the Fight
Analyzing a fight while you’re in the middle of it is a tricky business because you never know if something will work until you try it. Luckily, the process is fairly similar. Start out by trying to understand the general idea of your opponent and how they are fighting in the moment. Once you have the generals, you can start picking out details, patterns, etc… Experiment. If you do X, what do they do? Hmm… interesting. If you do X again, will they do the same thing? Alright, how can you use what you just discovered to give you an advantage?
Analyzing inside a fight is all about experimenting, testing theories, and recording the results. Going in with an analytical mindset will keep your focus on discovery instead of just winning the fight. Overtime, your experiments will help you learn more about your opponent and those details can help you form plans and tweak how you fight for each individual opponent.