In order to set up a strike, you need…a set up, of course. But when you’ve landed the strike you’ve just set up, that strike becomes a set up.
This is great news, of course. But it gets better. This also highlights a fundamental truth about striking. If your attack does not hurt your opponent, they will not fear it. You cannot set up a strike with techniques that your opponent won’t even flinch at. If you do so, you’ll simply end up looking stupid and getting countered.
Therefore, commitment to your strikes becomes extremely important! You must be confident in what you’re throwing. If you’re not confident, your strikes will come out all sloppy. Your arms and legs will probably look like pool noodles flailing around.
If you can move forward with confidence, now you can hurt your opponent and begin chaining techniques together: