Saturday, July 23, 2011

BOMP - Ch 18 - Imperception and deception

This year we are discussing the Book of Martial Power (BOMP) on Saturdays 

All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. (Sun Tzu, The Art of War I.18-20)
Sun Tzu said it before Steven Pearlman. Combat involves deception.  We want to make our opponent think we're doing something when we're not (typical of feints in karate and combos in judo), or make him think we're inactive when we're not (typical of aikido).
What do y'all think of that?
Patrick Parker
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