Combat Tactics: (Tactical Martial Arts)

By: Richard Brown

“The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy’s will to be imposed on him.”Sun Tzu

What are, “Tactical Martial Arts?

Tactical Martial Arts: Are specific, modern, concepts, applications, proceedures, or techniques that are applied utilizing traditional and formal martial arts styles and art forms. Incorporating ideas with physical action to create and conduct decisive, offensive and defensive operations, whether they are situations, goals,targets, target areas, or situational outcomes.

Tactician: An individual devoted to mastering the science and art of tactics.

The science of tactics: That which encompasses the understanding of the concepts and aspects of tactics capabilities, techniques, and procedures that can be measured and codified.

The science of tactics include:
*Understanding the physical capabilities of opponents and systems. (human psychology, physiology, and applicable “group” dynamics)
*Known techniques and procedures used to accomplish specific tasks. (takedowns, restraint, immobilization, dynamic control)
*Integration of conceptual ideas into practical, workable, applications that can be utilized repeatedly, consistantly, and effectively to achieve greater effect. (development)
*Tactical terminology and control graphics that comprise the language of tactics. (training and instruction)
*Working knowledge of how known or unknown variables, limitations, physical and procedural constraints are taken into consideration.

While not easy, the science of tactics is fairly straightforward. However, because combat is an intensely human activity the solution to tactical problems cannot be reduced to a formula. This realization necessitates the study of the “art” of tactics.

The art of tactics: The product or process of deliberately arranging items (often with symbolic significance) in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions, and intellect. Traditionally, the term art was used to refer to any skill or mastery.

An art, as opposed to a science, requires exercising intuitive faculties that cannot be learned solely by study. The tactician must temper his study and evolve his skill through a variety of relevant, practical experiences. The more experience the tactician gains from practice under a variety of circumstances, the greater his mastery of the art of tactics.

The tactician must be able to invoke the art of tactics in “real-time” or when necessary in order to confront obstacles, constraints, or variables that may interfere in the sucessful completion of an employed tactic or strategy. To make confident decisions under conditions of uncertainty when faced with an intelligent enemy.

Combat is one of the most complex human activities, characterized by violent death, friction, uncertainty, and chance. Success depends at least as much on this human aspect as it does on any tactical or technological superiority.

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”(Sun Tzu)


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