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The ways of forming and the practical use of psycho-tactics.

Psycho-tactics is a part of training forming non-stereotypical style of fighting, the contents of which are controlled by the organs of sensation and the strategic task is set during the preliminary psycho-training.

In previous sections we have already mentioned that reflection and search of tactical decisions never work if they are applied during a bout, not before it. The training process is the process of looking for the truth accompanied by doubts, tries and mistakes. A bout is not the search of, but the existing truth. The major problem of modern training methods lies in conventional, static attitude to the contents of the systems of the Special Martial Combat. It seems like the dialectics of the world outside does not penetrate to the numerous federations and sports clubs, where instructors are more aware of who and how has been training and who and why has won than of strategic purposes of the founders of the style and whether these purposes are actual at the moment. Realising this point can make a base for the acquisition of the perspective development direction, which comes logically from the previous way of the school.

Let us consider why the Budo & Combat instructors are so conservative nowadays. The fact is that the development of martial systems has gone to the sports way. And in sports training techniques and the physical form required by them are dominating. To simplify the explanation of a technical action it should be abstracted into a symbol. A student usually puts his first blows symbolically, only in order to please the instructor but not to correspond with the meaning of each blow. This algorithm of training makes technique a pure, unchangeable constant, which keeps instructors from searching for any new methods of fighting. Here the phenomenon of the locked development of the martial arts takes place. Once accepted way of the school's existence comes to a convention, that is the agreement about any kinds of its display: the uniform, the dominating technique, and what is the most negative, the competition rules adjusted to this technique. Typical conventions and rigid hierarchy in any of sports federations exclude the possibility of the school development in a non-typical, not coordinated with the school leaders direction. Those who are in charge of a sports society are usually conservative, which simplifies managing in general, and does not allow to put the methodical authority of the major instructors in particular.

"Koi no takinobori ryu" methods are intended to perfect martial qualities of students, and moreover, following the principle of individual approach they tend to adapt the technique to the student's personal skills as much as possible. The latter helps to avoid cliches or groundless stereotypes.

What should be a driving force of a fighter during a bout? There are three main elements: first, the striving to a preprogrammed (while training) objective, second, the impossibility of choosing another type of behavior, and last, the martial excitement.

Every action is preceded with a motive. The more precisely and habitually the motive is realised, the more possible the success of its accomplishment. Furthermore, the repetition of the motivation for more than 7 times (with its subsequent fulfillment) leads to the subconscious fixation of this experience and allows to cope without any preliminary mental efforts in the future. For example, you rarely think of how you walk, only when you happen to have a corn on your foot, and are trying to find an appropriate walking style. The natural algorithm of movements is always the best, you only have to find it in a particular case.

Now we are going to examine the elements of the motives in terms of tactics of a real bout. These elements are:

  1. The psychological impossibility of a retreat;
  2. The positive natural attitude towards death;
  3. Unlimited means of conducting a bout;
  4. The precise goal setting, and therefore accepted bout frames.

The first element of a motive is the impossibility of a retreat. It is determined by:

  1. choosing the attacking tasks for training:
    • defence tasks without a possibility to step back (in the corner, with the legs tied and being attached to the opponent at the medium distance, etc.);
    • verbal and tactical zombie*** practice. While suggesting the perspective behavior, negatives and contrasts should be avoided. The adversary should be presented as an abstract target, which is already doomed but is still trying to complicate the task fulfillment;
    • conducting symbolic bouts in which the one who retreats looses the bout.
  2. The next component is the positive attitude towards death, which is formed by realizing one's duty, when death is more preferable than disgrace. Students should start every training with working on their own, picturing their own death. This old Japanese method allows to compensate the negative component of the self-preservation instinct, and to treat death as a natural way and moreover as sometimes the only way out, suitable for a man, since cowardice and disgrace are a much too high price for being alive.
  3. Furthermore, being unlimited in means of fighting, not thinking of proposed actions, a fighter gets the opportunity to act naturally, relying on his own sensations, "inventing" situational tactical tricks that he has never seen before. Samurais used to call this state "satori".
  4. As we have already mentioned, a decision should be made at breaths and during this time a fighter has to define his goal precisely and not to hesitate ever since, no matter how absurd his decision might seem. Being goal-oriented is the criterion of psychological preparedness of a fighter. Prepared psychics, which dictates the behavior line, can model technical and tactical steps, depending on outer factors. This is a kind of escaping from stereotypical connections and blows which have been set previously in abstract tactical conditions.

The goal of psycho-tactics is to form stimulating motives which can cause spontaneous decision making, and consequently, intuitive improvised control over a tactic situation.

Intuition is a sneaking analysis of previous experience.







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