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The Hierarchy of Pugilist Values

The Hierarchy of Pugilist Values
by J. R. Workman 

Having discussed the hierarchy of skills in pugilism in my previous article it becomes pertinent to now address the hierarchy of values present in pugilism and to examine which of them are the most critical

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” ― Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics


The Hierarchy of Pugilist Values

Premeditated/Planned Strategy vs. Adaptability 


Having a plan thought out before the fight occurs and being able to adapt and adjust as the fight goes on are both important and handy tools to have in a combat setting. But, between these two values, the ability to adapt during the fight if necessary and to come up with solutions to problems and obstacles that the opponent poses is going to be more pivotal. If you come up with a plan or strategy before the fight only to find that it is ineffective/not working you will be in trouble if you do not have the ability to make the changes needed to survive or finish the fight at that moment. For this reason, being able to strategize in the present is even more decisive in a self-defense situation than planning ahead of time. 

Brains (Mind) vs. Brawns (Matter)


Having the physical strength and power to disable your adversary means little if you do not have the brains to get in there and be able to outmaneuver him. A masterful pugilist will use his mind to create openings and then take them away, to lure you into a trap and them capture you. He will make you think you can hit him by getting into your range and then when you go to close the distance, he reads you, slips your punch and then counters you with an attack he had planned on you moments ahead of time. The more skillful the foe is the more tactical the fight will be. If you can get inside your combatants head and control him with your snares then you will have the edge over him in the fight even if he has more size and strength.  

Compendium of Moves vs. Tactical Application of Tricks 


The more moves you have that you can use against your opponent the more techniques he has to look out for, defend against, and overcome and the more he will have to figure out and use his mind to compete against you. But more important than the number of moves you have that you can use against your opponent is the way you apply those moves and tricks against him. Acquiring multitudes of moves is less important than acquiring fewer moves that you can actually pull off and succeed with over and over again effectively. Because of this, the quality of the moves (i.e., their substance and overall effectiveness) beats quantity of moves or the number of moves that you have to usealthough both of these are incredibly useful and important in a street fight environment. 


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