The last couple posts were both answers to questions I'd been given, and the eskrima post was inspired by the idea of guards/ fighting stances.
Here is a follow up to the previous post regarding the counter intuitive idea, 'opening the line'.
So the theory, as it was empirically laid out for me in my workout times with Sonny, is this.
2 opponents facing off with swords.
The outcomes are - win/lose, lose/win, lose/lose, win/win.
Win/win - the most sensible outcome, involves both parties backing away and calling it quits.
Say this is not likely - we're practicing dueling after all, so the fight is on.
This leaves only one other worthy outcome for me - I win, they lose.
Problem is, even at the most basic level of statistics, that's a 1 in 3 chance. Me getting hurt is twice as likely.
So, there's nothing else for it, you have to control the game. Leaving it to chance is just too risky.
How to you control it? You become the snake charmer not the snake.
Winning comes from opportunities and motion. Learn to create those and take advantage of them, and you can improve your odds considerably.
Like Sonny said - "They are coming for you anyway, open the door and invite them in, (because) if I know what you are going to do next and when you are going to do it, I can beat you."
Make it happen, don't hope that it will.