In fighting or even sparring, how many of you are actively thinking and strategically planning vs just reacting and doing so called "muscle memory"?
Personally I've been on the end of both extremes with varying results. There's been times where over-thinking has caused hesitation or hampered my reaction time, but there have been others where reading my opponent and thinking about his patterns has allowed me to react in a better way and catch him with a combination he wasn't expecting.
Likewise, I've also had good performances where I've been almost purely reactive and just attacking openings as I see them. But on that same end, I've also had bad performances where being purely reactive wasn't the best option. I think the best performances I've had in boxing where ones where I've struck a balance between being reactive and still thinking strategy in very brief moments.