I think part of it is technique - them not giving you many options and forcing you to choose from very few things. Part of it is purely experience - having seen things many times over and know what’s likely to come. But there’s also something that’s, I guess, instinctual? It can really be taught. In wrestling we called it “mat sense.” There are people who see things and just flat out “get it.” Not just in MA and sports, but in every field. Some people look at an instrument and get it. Some look at math and it just makes sense. Some look at fields of science, machinery, literature, et al and it just makes sense to them. Sure they’ve got to work at it and hone their skill/craft, but they excel where others who’ve put in the same work reach a certain level and stagnate, so to speak. I’m not talking about physical talent where people are above others, but the others can catch up by working harder; I’m talking about someone who just truly knows their craft. The woman I spoke of in a previous post is well over 300 lbs. she’s strong as an ox, but she’s not fast nor mobile. I throw a punch, and I’m easily tagged 3 times before I’m done with my punch. And she’ll be just out of range, and I’ll be in a defenseless position. And she barely moved. And I’ve got pretty quick hands. It’s a great thing that she doesn’t put her power into it when she hit, because I’d easily be doubled over by a combination of where she hit me, how many times she hit me, and her shear power. I’ve seen her hit someone who got carried away; trust me it wasn’t good. And it could’ve been so much worse. I see her sparring with other people, so I know it’s not that I’m bad and think she’s better than she really is. She’s the type of person that could do pretty much whatever she wants at any point. I’ve seen those people in every sport. Those people that are just on another level and can seemingly do whatever they want whenever they want to. I coached a wrestler a few years back like that. Up until the state semifinals, there was never a point in any match that he wasn’t in full control of what was going on. He was a pretty good athlete, but from a strength and athleticism standpoint he had no business beating quite a few people he easily disposed of. He had that vision. He was always a step ahead of the opponent. I don’t know how else to put it into words.