Choice 6Emotional Kung Fu

The greatest martial arts are the gentlest. They allow the attacker the opportunity to fall down. The greatest generals do not rush into every battle. They offer the enemy many opportunities to make self-defeating errors.

—Lao Tzu33

In kung fu, an ancient Chinese art of self-defense, emphasis is placed on using any attacking force to your advantage. Instead of resisting a direct assault, the practitioner averts and redirects the energy. For example, if a punch is thrown at chest level, the defender might fluidly turn 90 degrees to avert the blow while adding an additional push or pull “helping” the attacker to proceed in the direction he or she was already heading. Instead of pitting strength against strength, ...

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