Hanshi Kaufman on Enticing the Target to Accept Its Demise
The concept of enticing a target to accept your kill shot in mortal combat creates the scenario in which the ‘target,’ however defined, fulfills its own destiny by accepting an incoming attack for its demise as an aspect of its own reality and your definition. This idea is not as bizarre as one might initially think. The whole idea of an attack is to destroy the target, so named, and to do it with ease and grace. What follows is my philosophy toward the title of this article. First, some basic concepts.
Going into the Attack
Going into the attack is about commitment to what you are doing. It is a requirement that you understand the specifics of individual tactics, including proper form and technique. This is sound thinking, and with continued practice of your discipline, you will come to understand the reasoning behind it. Going into the attack is essential thinking for the accomplishment of any action, certainly in self-defense or any form of combat, where life or death may be uncertain. Though the idea of going into the attack may sound alien for any number of reasons, perhaps because of a natural reaction to flinch or to move away from certain forms of danger, it is nonetheless, essential. Proper attitudes of knowing when to do something and when not to do something, coupled with the attitude of going into the attack, takes some thought and practice: an acceptance of yourself as the most important person you know.
Attack the Attack, NOT the Attacker
Practice and reality is the same thing when you are sincere in your endeavor. To explain further, consider attacking the attack rather than attacking the attacker. Though this idea may seem strange at first, the reality is that you will be empowered to alleviate the fear of overwhelming circumstance by an attacker’s size, bravado, or weapon employed against you. This idea will become clearer as you progress in your training, and the sound thinking behind it will become apparent. Attack the attack and NOT the attacker with an intense desire to survive—or do not waste time and energy trying to defend yourself.
Attack / No-Attack
Learn the concept of attack / no-attack for use in all aspects of your life, without having to think about it. It simply means that you should be on your guard and prepared to act, without becoming paranoid, while at the same time remaining calm, regardless of a situation. Training to go into an attack and attacking the attack provides you with the ability act: knowing when and when not to do something. It is necessary to practice with this idea in mind, for the body to be able to act on the physical level, automatically, when it is necessary. In this manner always practice to hone your skills without spending countless hours in meditation; accept accomplishment of a goal as “already done,” and you will experience it as such. To develop the proper attitude of ‘already done,’ and to believe it, do not be nonchalant about the idea and expect it to be there when you want it without conscious training. Practice with the idea of making it permanent in your consciousness as a prerequisite to being competent. Note that the idea of “act” is used, and not “react.” To act in a situation is one projection; to react, is two. Think this through.
Respecting the Target
It is important to understand the necessity of seducing the target with instantaneous subtlety to bring it into compliance with your desire for its demise. You accomplish this aspect of the combat mentality with ease and grace by developing a desire to be victorious and not just having a desire to win, that with certainty, the enemy has as an attitude as well. Without using any cute, philosophical platitudes, it is essential that you be in complete communication with your true inner self and a solid visualization of your ideal of perfection. Be assured that this concept is not to be confused with “seeing” an enemy dead, or “wishing” an enemy dead. It is about “making” the enemy dead, and that is a completely different thing. This ability, developed over a period of time, is one that you must absolutely commit yourself to accomplishing. When a “target” encounters your approach, it, (not he, or she) succumbs to your incredible position of extending to it an invitation to let itself be destroyed. It will, out of respect for your intention. Think this through carefully. It is real, and it is functional, and it works according to the dictates of your higher consciousness: not a Buddha consciousness, not a high-minded consciousness, and certainly not the consciousness of presumptuous arrogance you observe when you look in a mirror.
© Stephen F. Kaufman 5/2017
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