Its no secret that we are working on a Pistol Kata. The reasons are varied and quite important...but we will get into that sort of thing later. To get my mind right about the work I have been hard at work on my old katas. Usually done on my aerobic days. So it was today. I bundled up like an ISIS suicide bomber and went out for a 3 mile run in the cold. As I looped back to the castle, I dropped the jacket and the fanny pack with the Glock and began the work. I ran through Saifa and Seinechin - then the Kyokushin Basai and Kanku...then a few others. All have an aggressive strategy but also an evasive one. There is not a great deal of crashing, and quite a bit of shifting and evasive foot work...strategies very similar to what we are conveying in gunfighting.
Avoid the attack and counter. Sometimes you counter first. More on that later but that is the strategy...the underlying concept. Tactics are those things which express the strategy. The strategy for example is to avoid the attack. The tactic is angular footwork to accomplish it. Study a strategy enough and it becomes a part of you...sometimes of your personality. Very deep things here.
Anyway...I realized I was shivering and went inside and looked forward to the hot shower.
As I walked toward the main bedroom I sensed something moving fast...something flew toward my face as I walked. Without decision or thought, my right foot touched, I pivoted my face and body to the three o'clock, shifting weight offline as the dog's blue chew toy flew past my face, accented by the Shield Maiden's "Oh shit...sorry".
There was no preplanning, no direct thought, only mindlessness...stimulus and tactical response based on a pre studied strategy. The strategy remained, the tactics that expressed it fit the moment.
This is how gunfights...how all fights are won. And they work pretty good for avoiding the Shiba Inu's ball flying toward your face - thrown by your wife as well.