In this chapter, we will study about tactics principally from the fencer´s prespective. Thereby, the reader will find a large quantity of terminology taken from the art of the sword. Bruce had recourse to such definitions to better expound his ideas on fighting tactics. The very denominations used (periods of time, engagements, disengagements, beats…) prove how fencing had been his main referente as to combat strategies.
It is sensible to draw the attention on that such studies on fencing must be taken with due caution as far as their transposition to bare-hand fighting is concerned. Some techniques, common in fencing, might have no matching application to kicks and punches. Consequently, from time to time I shall just mention some of these tactics drawn from the original sources Bruce studied with the sole purpose to inform on the meaning of those definitions. Like so, the reader engaged in the study of Bruce’s writings will find backing for a better and more detailed understanding. Needless to say, however, that a mere knowledge of terms will not make us better fighters. The featuring key lies in the extent at which the reader will succeed in applying such knowledge in combat.
Be as it may, understanding attack and defense tactics from the fencer’s viewpoint will undoubtedly open to every martial artist or fighter a new perspective of combat missing in all other forms of bare-hand fighting.
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