Fancy backfists, roundhouses and flying scissor kicks. They dazzle and demonstrate mastery.
But the real masters train on basics, and aspire to economy of motion.
"I'd no sooner kick a man in the head as I'd punch him in the foot." - Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee's was able to break a block of ice with his famous one-inch punch. Maximum impact from minimal distance. Training with him emphasised this simple lead strike.
Getting a slapped around a bit? Be direct. Work on economy.