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The 5 Tactical Principles

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Because the transient conditions of the fight are fluid and infinitely variable it is not practical to rehearse for every possible tactical eventuality. Instead, one must learn tactical principles applicable and adaptable to various situations.

LOGAN'S LAWS of TACTICS (and some corollaries)

  • Put the point on the target.
    • Move the point toward the target.
    • Keep the point aimed at the target.
    • Do not move the point from the target unless you must.
    • If you must move the point from the target, move it as little as possible, for as brief a time as possible.

  • Feel the Steel
    • If there is blade contact by your volition, attack.
    • If there is blade contact by your opponent's volition, defend.
    • If there is absence by your volition, attack.
    • If there is absence by your opponent's volition, defend.

  • Keep your Distance
    • All touches are made from lunging distance or closer.
    • Maintain the distance at which you can be most effective.
    • On defence, be out of distance.
    • On attack, be within distance.

  • Take your time
    • Do not let your opponent set the pace of the bout.
    • Be neither too slow nor too fast for your opponent.
    • Fight only at the pace at which you can fight well and keep control.

  • Continue the Phrase
    • Do not stop if you "make a mistake;" fight your way out of it.
    • Do not stop just because you think you may have touched.
    • Do not stop unless your opponent acknowledges a touch or the president commands "Halt!"

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