So I'm sparring with a friend of mine who is a 1st degree black belt. Kick for kick and punch for punch I can do pretty much everything he can do, but he still beats me in sparring. Now I can employ most of my kicks into sparring pretty well, using the right one at the right time, but against him I felt like a white belt again. I started using the worst kick for each given situation. Most of the people I fight are aggressive, and so I've become quite good at using my kicks against aggressive people. But what he did is stay back, and wait. and wait. and wait. By all this waiting, he shut off just about everything I know how to do. So I tried being the aggressor. Well, turns out I'm not that good at being the aggressor. And he used this against me. He would wait until my patience wore out(not long) then he would counter whatever I threw. This isn't the only thing he did, though: he walked around me in these patterns that threw me off, made it really hard to see any kind of opportunity to strike. As a bonus effect, they made me really irritated. He did all this and I believe more(not quite sure) with the intention of messing with my mind; and it worked. He did it so well I didn't even know that's what he was doing until he told me. Along with all this, this is what he told me: 1. I mainly throw two kicks: side kick and round kick 2. Just about every side kick I throw is a spinning side kick 3. I am quite impatient 4. he was able to see when I was trying to make him concentrate on something or move his guard, and predict where my next strike was coming from. The interesting thing about the spinning kicks is I did not realize that I had thrown any spinning side kicks. Had a great time, though. I learned a lot.