Creating a simple reference sprite is really useful to work with because it really reminds you of the proportions and ratios everything as you create each frame - something I've always had a problem with. To help deal with this I tend to begin animations with really simple stick figure. Stick figures are also great for prototyping ideas in your head and getting the right poses due to their nature of being really easy to draw. It also helps to have seen all those stick man fighting animations like the Xiao Xiao series.
|This choreograph is loosely based on a similar series of attacks used by the games mentioned above.|