i ask this question because its something i haven't seen alot of when people spar, especially among the mma crowd; most people try to close the distance, try to get off alot of shots, try to apply pressure or try to hit you. But many people do NOT try to make you miss, whether its slipping, catching, blocking, rolling w/or stepping off of shots; i know i used a general term for a myriad of different approaches/techniques. why do you think this is and do you agree w/the emphasis on not actively seeking to not get hit clean often or at all or showing enough defense to limit your opp opportunities to even attempt offense; as we all know defense is more than just defending the strike, its controlling the distance, providing movements, giving angles and being defensively aware enough that you opp hesitates in letting the strikes fly or has to work to create openings/etc. i had recently sparred a kyokushin guy, and a few months ago another karate type and some mma types (mt-kb-boxing); an many of them say they enjoyed working w/me because i actively try to keep from getting hit, not in a fearful manner. But making people work to get their offense off or land on me; as one guy said everyone is intent on landing and will eat shots to land theirs, so it takes away from your diversity and strategy/tech because these guys aren't making you work offensively because they make themselves available to be hit because a)their defense is lacking or b)they are so intent on getting their offense off. its not the first time i heard this, so i figured i would pose the question; also i have had many convos w/too defensive about having the mindset of not getting hit, and how that impacts your ability to get away from/defend attacks. Not to mention it impacts your dedication to the process of not getting hit, once you just accept your gonna regardless; you stop actively trying not to get hit, i.e. paying attention to defense. Basically what happened to guys who fought machida or mayweather, half the reason they get picked apart is because they come in w/the mindset of im gonna get hit; an i will apply pressure volume power physicality to get him out of here, the reverse is true in the case of machida/floyd. The reason they don't get hit, is because they don't accept that you have to take so much damage to win or be offensively effective.