Friday, 20 May 2011

Tactics: Introduction

The meaning of tactics depends on the martial artist. To a soldier it would mean ways to accomplish a mission, to  an assassin it would mean the way to eliminate his target, for me it would mean staying alive. As soon as you have decided on your objective you can consider the ways and means to achieve that objective. It is not a good idea to devise tactics in the middle of a battle. Tactics should already be devised and integrated into the martial artist's mind when the need for them arise.

Awareness is a key element in the implementation of tactics and deciding on changes in adopted strategies. Since the Tao Te Ching says that the greatest journey begins with a single step and the greatest buildings start with a single brick- I'll start at the very beginning of implementation of tactics- perceiving the environment, we'll move on then to ways of avoiding confrontations and lastly on the three ways to forestall the enemy as documented by renowned Samurai, Miyamoto Musashi (if you don't know who he is, don't call yourself a martial artist.)

That's it for now. Next post will deal with perceiving the environment.

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