At Kung Fu tonight, I got to spar against Sifu Amanda again. Now, I'm not a fan of point sparring, but it is excellent training for improving timing and accuracy. I ended up losing by one point. No excuses: she won fair and square. That being said, it taught me several valuable lessons:
1) My defense needs improvement
2) My counter-striking needs improvement
3) I'm not as elusive as I thought I was
Until I improve dramatically in all of those areas, I shouldn't be fighting like Lyoto Machida. Every martial artist has their own style, and what works for the second best light heavyweight in the world may not necessarily work for me. I do much better when I go on the offensive, so I am going to change my approach accordingly. Implementing the advice that she gave me afterwards probably wouldn't hurt either. At any rate, I definitely need to do something different if I want a better result. After all, if I am going to compete, I may as well win.