Never remain in line with danger unless it can be controlled and your interest is to use the fact that you can control it to limit the danger. In my opinion a gun or knife is too dangerous to attempt this control.
Let your opponent’s actions determine your response. Do not attempt anticipate your responses. Sensitive opponents will sense your intent and be ready.
Pain creates movement, and movement controls balance. If the opponent does not feel any pain you may be forced to break bones.
Allow your opponent to help you, in fact do most of the work, involved in what you want to do to him or her.
Any power applied while your opponent retains balance can and probably will be used against you.
Every move you make should improve your defensive and offensive capabilities.
When you are in real trouble, remember; subtly will be far move effective than strength.
If you unbalance the mind, you unbalance the body. The reverse is not necessarily true.
Always use body power, not arm or leg power.
The understanding of time and distance are critical to any martial art. Small, accurate movements are more effective than large ones because they use less time.
Never give your opponent a second chance at you. Do what ever is necessary and appropriate to the situation the first time.
Ed Martin, 15th Dan
Copyright 2008 PennsylvaniaBujinkan. All Rights Reserved.