Your last two message brought me to tears. I sense you are an "old" warrior and guess I am correct. Also, consider sensing his shoulder movement for kicks and his body movement as a whole. I was also a western fencer, if I watched my opponents sword when I was competing in those day, I will be "killed" for sure.
NOTHING AND NO WORDS can replace experience regardless of the reason to get into a real fight. Competitional fights like MMA or boxing etc is very close to a real fight in the streets. However a real fight in the street is a different world all of its own. For starter, it has no referees.
NOT INTENDED TO DISRESPECT OR OFFEND ANYBODY OR ANY DOJO OR MARTIAL ARTS STYLE;