I think you fall into patterns when you aren’t really sure how to deal with a situation. You might think that if you are doing a certain patterns its because that is what the situation calls for, but in reality, if you are doing the same thing over and over again, you probably aren’t reading the situation and are just falling back on what you’ve trained yourself to do.
With Yun, I used to love to divekick jab short strong then lunge or upkicks if it hit. Or I’d dive kick and strong, fierce, back fierce. I would do this, but I didn’t know why I did it. It was just a pattern to fall back on. When you’re playing, I think you should try to be reactionary to your opponents moves, and also be trying to get a certain reaction from your opponent when you do any attack. So patterns aren’t all bad, if there is a reason you are doing that pattern.
I think when you start out you just want to get in people’s faces, do your pattern, then get out. Your thinking and strategy is simply ‘maybe this time it will hit’. Its why you see new players constantly sweeping and jumping at eachother in the air over and over again. You don’t really know how a match should progress, what you are looking for, and why you are doing what you’re doing. As you play more, you won’t fall into patterns as much, because you’ll become more aware of your options.
This also has to do with learning to poke and zone. Offensively and defensively zoning your opponent is a lot better for success than just randomly trading strings of blocked attacks with eachother.