When you think about it there are only two directions strikes can come from based upon planes: Horizontal, Vertical.
Regardless of how the strike is thrown they are still on these planes. Period!
The skill lays in the ability to deal with them on different planes of the three zones of the body.These are the head to neck, chest to abdomen, hips to feet. This process involves punches and kicks, all edges weapons & impact- pole weapons. you must be able to think in these simple terms to master the strikes and their defenses.
If you remember that the body is a collection of targets, the how and what you strike is not random mix but methodical and calculated way in which to defeat your opponent. How these strikes are dealt with is based upon the five lines of fighting geometry. These are the outside line, inside line, center line, inside line and outside lines These come from how we move. You are either attacking or defending by moving forward or backward ,angling or circling. This is what happen in simple terms.