The deception in combat: the faints

The first category of deception that we analyze is the one relating to the fight. In the context of a real clash, the faints are divided into 3 types:

  • With body component (eg. pretend to punch)
  • With external component (eg. use objects / environments / situations to distract)
  • With logical component (eg. use words to confuse the opponent)

Returning to the concept of distraction we can say that, generally, faints succeed in their intent to deceive the opponent if:

  • Our apparent concentration (eyes, etc.) points to the physical / abstract distraction (eg. a false target) exactly as they would for a real purpose
  • Our whole body (weight distribution, tension, etc.) moves exactly as if he directly believed to the distraction (eg. as if he had really run the fallacious technique rather the one to be concealed)
  • Our mind is focused on the level of instinct to really want to follow the distraction (eg. two people speak, one of them looks spontaneously with real interest at a person behind the other and the other, inevitably, turns his head)
  • The spacetime location / situation in which we are is in favor of the distraction that we want to inject (eg. the distance that separates us by the opponent is consistent enough to practice the false tecnique we want to show)
  • At least the 70% of our action conforms to the distraction (eg. we move as if we want to perform the false technique)
  • The distraction has a coherent meaning and illudes the opponent to see a real situation of advantage / disadvantage
  • Space and time are too narrow to allow the opponent to effectively develop the consistency of the data related to distraction
  • We do not exasperate the use of distraction thus forcing the opponent on a very high frequency of brain waves (we have already said about brain waves)
  • We do not underestimate the intelligence of our adversaries (the distraction as smart it may seem should never appear as an bait)
  • Nothing that precedes the distraction highlights special preparation or just an anomaly or a reaction to something (eg. a break that hides a reflection)

The distraction has to be reasonable, neither too naive, nor too convoluted, it must be feasible and have a sense. Given these points, in the next article we will analyze specifically the body component feints.

Author: Master Kongling

Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.

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