Question : how much do you and/or your art assume any opponent to be martially aware and to what to degree? Does you art assume your opponent will be using habitual acts of violence? (common techniques of the untrained, looping strikes, headlocks and so on) Does it assume your opponent to be a bit sharper than that, a bit upwards from the sluggish movemnts and incloude sucker punching, common approaches, mental distractions etc.) Does it assume a basic working knowlege of how to hit on balance, and make a general effort of power placement(such as the ability to throw a working cross or effective headbutt? Does your art assume (by default of training) that the assailant will attack you in the same way you are trained to attack ie ( with moves specific to a style, such as karate style punch A vs karate style block B)? Perhaps you are trained for a mixture, attacks your art practices and attacks from outside it, be it untrained or trained? is this issue ever raised with you in class? i know when im boxing im boxing, when im doing thai i do thai, when ive seen karate its been against karate, and so on. Ive only seen training aginst a mix of different approaches in RSBD systems and some of the fillipino systems. in a sport in makes sense not to bother with this too much, but with the 'traditional' arts, do you think a point should be made of doing this, or if it is already being done, do you think its done enough.