Chapter: Tactical Positions



The general who is skilled in defense hides in the most secret recesses of the earth; he who is skilled in attack flashes forth from the topmost heights of heaven. Thus on the one hand we have ability to protect ourselves; on the other, a victory that is complete.


The leader must unashamedly know their strengths and weaknesses in both defense and attack and act accordingly.

If they are weak in attack, they should seek an unassailable position which is easy to defend. Concealment is an art that does not literally meet going underground. If the enemy cannot find you, you may hide in plain sight. If they cannot see your strength or know your plans, they may make foolish moves.

If they are strong in attack, then a fast and powerful thrust can overcome many defenses.

Sometimes abilities come from where you live or what you do. People on desirable islands or hilltops may not need to attack, but regularly need to repel invaders, and so develop defensive skills. Those who are aggressive and acquisitive may, through many campaigns, become skilful in attack.