If your opponent is on guard, when you throw your 1st punch, 95% of the time, your 1st punch will be blocked or dodged. So since you know that your 1st punch won't be effective, you may use your 1st punch just to open your opponent's guard. You can then let your 2nd punch to attack the new created opening. In MA form training, most of the punch is just a punch without "open guard" strategy involved. Did those form creators try to hide some secret away from us, or "open guard" was not in their logical way of thinking? 1. Do you think open guard strategy should be included before each and ever punch? Instead of just step in, and punch, should you step in, open guard, and punch? 2. How will you open your opponent's guard such as - parallel boxing guard, or 1 arm forward and 1 arm backward TMA guard? - uniform stance, or mirror stance? Your thought?