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General Carl Von Clausewitz was the spiritual father of the German army and one of the greatest writers on the subject of warfare. The following paragraphs apply some of his warfare principles to self-defense situations.
- To prepare yourself for combat, think of the most dangerous situations you might ever get into and then think about how you would get out of them.
- Have the probability of victory on your side and be calm and firm in your decisions.
- Sometimes there is a choice between a reckless and a careful solution to a problem. Both have their place, but remember, to be great, sometimes you must be reckless. To survive, sometimes you must take great risk.
Theory of Combat
- Keep your guard up at all times.
- Do not bring all your best techniques into play at once. Hold back some techniques for reinforcement.
- Do not become outflanked. Spread any additional help out obliquely behind you to block an attack to your flanks.
- Never remain passive. Do not entrench. Attack while the enemy attacks and put him or her on the defensive.
- Withdraw to familiar territory to prepare for a counter attack.
- Pursue attack with the greatest of energy. Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination. Attack to finish an opponent, not to be nice to him or her.
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