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.
If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him.
If he is in superior strength, evade him.
If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him.
Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.
If he is taking his ease, give him no rest.
If his forces are united, separate them.
Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected. These military devices, leading to victory, must not be divulged beforehand.
We are back at our regular Tel Aviv dojo, 294 Hayarkon St. At all the other dojos we’ll be training as usual.
Please mark Friday the 31st, 08:00-10:00 at the Tel Aviv dojo. We are having 2014 1st. Ninjutsu colloquium dealing with integration of kata material at the Takamatzu Den Ninjutsu and changing Tatakai, combat, details. The colloquium is suitable for students with more then 3 dojo years.
This week we will explore both Nage waza and Ukemi work. Special emphasis will be on close quarter vital points for self defence.
Please do not forget to bring punching gloves as we always validate our Ninjutsu with randori.
For questions, please call me at:052-5108747
There are better and worse ways to wage war. Both ethically, from the point of view of who gets killed and how they get killed, but also from the standpoint of achieving practical ends that you can live with in the peacetime. If one declares that the only options are pacifism or “anything goes,” one slides down a pretty nasty slope awfully quickly. One gets what Conant is trying to indicate — that war itself is the problem, not the means — but saying that the means are just details of immorality seems to be just a bit too dismissive for me.
Nations that decide that the methods of war are just practical details, become the stuff of nightmares.
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Reading Tip #1
It’s tempting to judge what you read:
I agree with these statements, and I disagree with those.
However, a great thinker who has spent decades on an unusual line of thought cannot induce their context into your head in a few pages. It’s almost certainly the case that you don’t fully understand their statements.
Instead, you can say:
I have now learned that there exists a worldview in which all of these statements are consistent.
And if it feels worthwhile, you can make a genuine effort to understand that entire worldview. You don’t have to adopt it. Just make it available to yourself, so you can make connections to it when it’s needed.