Points of Universal Strategy
In no certain order of importance, the following are personally selected
points of strategy utilized by the military, martial arts, business and life itself.
Small-scale Specific Entity's of Adaptability
Constantly change your opponents plan. Do not let them have time to "design" an attack or response.
Strike as many times as possible, while your opponent is confused or overwhelmed. Be aware of the "desperation" defense, if you stay too long.
Break up the rhythm of your strikes.
Allow your training tools to work automatically as much as possible. Do not allow all your movements to be planned or individually designed, one after the other.
If you and your opponent get close enough for a "weapon" to strike, you must be the first to move.
Try to appear farther away than you are. Constantly stretching out your stance or the lead arm, makes your weapons too difficult to initiate.
During an attack, on your part, stay very close to your opponent and do not let separation occur, without maintaining a mental control of them.
After a successful attack, of multiple strikes or parries, follow with a high and possibly downward finish strike.
After crossing the "critical distance line", maintain a continuous touch (feeling) of your opponent at all times.
After finding a opening in your opponents guard. Attack very strongly in that area, irregardless of what eventually gets in the way.
When closing the distance, parry their lead with one of the three recognized controlling movements.
If attempting a fluid, close in, attack movement, put your initial attacking weapon directly in their face.
If your defense and offense happen to be weak and ineffective for the moment, place your strikes in the heart area of the chest until you overcome the lack of confidence.
When your opponent attacks, meet their attack with a block or attack of your own, which should appear to an outside observer as a simultaneous strike by both parties.
If you are confronted by several individuals and aggression is unavoidable, attack the individual behind your lead side first.
If you are more skilled than your opponent, make each strike a contact movement. Utilize no feints or fall-short techniques.
If your opponent is constantly aggressive, be more calm in your movement and vise-versa. Do not allow your opponent to influence your spirit.
Small-scale Specific Entity's of Perception
Stay at your opponent and not outside their strike distance.
Do not allow your opponent to lead you around. You must always control your space and block or effectively parry every attack. Suppress your opponents best techniques and force them to use "junk".
Never attack if uncertain of the result. Always enter their space at a weakness known to you.
Constantly be aware of your opponents intentions before they "get off".
If your opponent, somehow manages an effective attack or strike, do not allow them to do it a second time. Their confidence must be "destroyed".
If your opponent's guard fails, attack them in an overwhelming fashion and do not let them recover.
Continually think of yourself in your opponents position looking back at you.
"Mutual Escape" which is a high level situation, must be avoided or escaped from as soon as possible.
When not sure of your opponents abilities, throw some "junk" at different areas and make note of the results.
After figuring out your opponents mental intentions, attack them in the weak area of their defense.
To slow down an onslaught of attacking movements, shift your physical attitude and pause for a count of two or three normal movements, which will stall your opponents drive.
At times, close the distance in slow, unthreatening movement, then explode into your opponent, not allowing them to recover.
If you become entangled with your opponent, for whatever reason, do not pull back and increase the distance between you, as your opponent may unconsciously counter and strike you on the way out.
If facing a strong or more skilled opponent, your attacks will more than likely be more effective by utilizing fluid outside movements, which will probably open up their defense.
Do not continually move in easily recognized ways or with a steady, unchanging timing.
Continually move forward towards your opponent and not retreating from your attack.
If your opponent has shown that they are not as skilled as you, "crush" them straight out and end it.
Do not repeat the same thing more than twice in succession or many times in the same confrontation.
If your opponent appears to be extremely confident of their abilities, you must become and remain in a high energy state. Do not allow them to witness you retreating in your physical or mental status.
If your attack is not working, you must envision yourself in a different "light" and change your use of "tools" and methods.
Do not remain in the same, obvious, state of energy. Change from a high state energy to a low state. Confuse your opponent in not knowing your most effective energy level.
Think of your opponents as individuals that you have trained and that they are only a small part of your capabilities.
Attempt to win by utilizing the least amount of energy necessary. You will be more relaxed and consequently faster in your execution of defense and offense.
Do not allow yourself to be moved by your opponents strikes. "Ki up" and accept their strikes (utilizing proper body movement) as if they are weak and ineffective. This will reduce the level of your opponents spirit.
Small-scale Specific Entity's of Tradition
The fighting distance requirements of different schools and systems.
The physical power utilization of different schools and systems.
The variation and number of techniques within different schools and systems.
Whether or not specific schools or systems, work in defensive or offensive modes primarily.
Whether or not specific schools have a fixed area of focus. This is extremely important.
The movements of the feet in different schools or systems.
The type of surface of which different schools or systems train upon. When put on a foreign surface their balance could be compromised.
Small-scale Specific Entity's of Yourself
Research and totally understand your capabilities and weaknesses.
Small-scale Specific Entity of
Natural, Unthinking, Movement
Train constantly, consistently and trust your natural, developed movements. They are your lifeline.