"As it turns out, this towering blond monster who casually told Sylvester Stallone, 'I will break you,' could have, in fact, probably calculated the amount of effort (in force pounds per square inch and Joules expenditure) needed to do just that in his head."
"I know what special abilities you have. I can see the enhancements. I can detect the increased electrical activity in your brain. I know what moves you're preparing to make. I've already fought our fight in my head, in a million different ways. I can hit you without you even seeing me."
— Midnighter, The Authority
"You are all familiar with geeks as a genus," he continues, "but what you need to get your heads round is that I am such a massive geek, such a totally terrifying concentration of nerdhood, that I have actually cracked the code for human social behavior using mathematics. I am able to interact with people on what appears to be a casual non-scientific footing, and even get laid like a regular guy, because I made an intense study of behavioural and statistical ethnographics, and I am constantly running a series of predictive and quantitative calculations in my head, which provides me with acceptable human responses within the normative band and counterfeits qualitative judgement so well the difference is within the margin of error."
Professor Derek, The Gone-Away World, Nick Harkaway
"First, distract target. Then block his blind jab. Counter with cross to left cheek. Discombobulate. Dazed, he'll attempt wild haymaker. Employ elbow block and body shot. Block feral left. Weaken right jaw. Now fracture. Break cracked ribs. Traumatize solar plexus. Dislocate jaw entirely. Heel kick to diaphragm. In summary, ears ringing, jaw fractured, three ribs cracked, four broken. Diaphragm hemorrhaging. Physical recovery: six weeks. Full psychological recovery: six months. Capacity to spit at back of head: neutralized."
"Check it out. Dial it in. Amp it up!"
—Action Man 2005,
"Every jutsu has a weakness."
—Itachi Uchiha, Naruto
"Oh honey, now who's being stupid? I've got the most powerful weapon of all," Tattletale purred, smiling wickedly, "Information."
"I know your type. You guys are always spouting crap like, 'I've analyzed all your capabilities' or 'I can anticipate all your moves!'"
—Ryuko Matoi, Kill la Kill
Honestly, I think there was a bit more strategy than you might think.
The Knight simply hammered away at her, and had no real point behind its blows except for them to land.
Weiss, on the other hand, took advantage of the machines slow attacking and moving speed to outmaneuver it and compensate for her comparatively weaker strikes.
Her first few attempts at the knight were probably quite miserable, until she of course learned how to move fast enough to avoid it.
Also, can you honestly say you would be able to keep track of everything going on if you were looking form the perspective of Weiss? She had to know exactly when to use dust, when to time her strikes, when to dodge and then strike, timing her spins on Myrtenaster exactly so they landed at the correct function, and did all of this while moving in 3D Space (Horizontal, vertical, and across the Z axis), while only missing a beat once. She did all of this without the blessing of a 3rd person perspective.
Normal people can't do that. Hell, most people trained for military can't do that. You have to have an extremely high intellect to consistently think in 3 dimensions while moving at high velocities.