The Prussian Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke the elder once said “No battle plan ever survives first contact with the enemy” This is often no less true in martial arts than it is in war. We’ve heard Iron Mike Tyson explain how everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth, and a grappler will tell you that strategy is something you have before somebody grabs your neck.
In any conflict, the major concern of any involved party is the development of a plan that is capable of surviving first contact. Robust strategies not only increase our chance of success, but also allow us to anticipate obstacles both seen and unseen. Continue reading “First contact”