Good advice here...
I am a firm believer in the "keep it simple" school of fighting. That is why I like muay thai, its simple to learn and effective as hell at least for stand up.
two rules I try to remember in every fight..
Think offensive not defensive, full power attacks at flat out speed and don`t slow down. I don`t like to waste time measureing range, feeling the other guy out, etc, it just gives him time to think. I am not a real good technical fighter, but I am fast and strong and I control my fear very well.
Forget about points etc, this full contact, if I get knocked out all the points in the world will not help me. The same goes for the other guy, if I sense his punches are too weak for a k.o. etc, I will ignore them competely and go right in for the k.o.. I may get hit more but I know my punchs are NOT weak and I don`t mind taking a few weak ones. In my choosen sport (muay thai) the fighter who does the most damage usually wins a split desision any way. I won`t land every thing I throw, I am pretty wild, but what I do land will hurt, because every thing I do is full power.
I work hard at building speed and "directness" into all my techniques. "Directness" means to me the shortest possible distance to the target, from whatever posistion I may be in. I often throw kicks from off balance posistions during sparring/fighting, it happens because I see an openning and feel I can hit it, I don`t waste time thinking about it. Often these unothodox kicks/punchs end fights as they are hard to block.
I try real hard to start all punchs, kicks etc. the same way, it makes it hard to tell what is coming and keeps things simple and fast. Watch yourself for "telegraphing", that little set up you do might give more power, but who cares if it allows me to avoid the thecnique because I see it coming.
What I am saying is I hit as hard as I can without sacrificing speed and directness to do so.
The Golden Rule of muay thai...
Tis better too give, than too recieve.
I think this will apply to all full contact sports.