Carrying on somewhat on the theme of Options vs Opposites:
2 Big reasons why you get nailed -
1) You are a beat behind (following), and your opponent leads you into making a defensive error and hits you.
2) You enter and your opponent is laying in wait for you, takes advantage of the opening your strike creates, and hits you.
Hang on a minute .....
1) says my opponent leads and I get hit because I am behind, but
2) says if I go first and they are waiting, I get hit ....??
I wait, I get hit, I go, I get hit ... Hmmmmm .....