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Universal Tactics and Self Defence

The art and science of martial victory. Hints and tips to help you succeed. Indepth study of martial principles, tactics and strategies as well as practical techniques.

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Universal Tactics
The ideal table would mirror the deep conceptual structure of reality. It would have no concepts missing, no redundant concepts and they would be grouped intelligently. Even though the above table lacks these fine characteristics it is still a useful tool.

Universal Veiling Techniques
What methods does nature use to hide and obscure? By increasing our awareness of this subject we may better protect ourselves from the damaging attention of others and we empower ourselves to see through the illusions of this world.

Martial Meditations
Specific meditation and contemplation techniques to purify tactical awareness and develop martial character.

Permutational Moves in the Martial Arts
How does permutational mathematics relate to the martial arts. Simplicity and completeness via permutation of elemental concepts.

The 16 postures Martial Art
A unique idea for a martial art using only a set number of dynamically held high tension postures in various sequences.

Martial Gain
What constitutes gain in the martial sphere? The duality of gain.

Zero Friction Training
Training on low friction surfaces. Inherently balanced moves. Tactics on ice.

Silhouette Fighting
Understanding your outline. Moves that do not significantly change your silhouette.

Striking surfaces of the human body. Universal attack strategies regarding "weapons".

Things to be Defended and Attacked. Tactics.

The One Touch Principle
Investigating the One Touch Principle.

Why Attacked?
The reasons for being attacked and how to avoid them etc.

Effects On Enemy
Effects on the Enemy: Tactical Objectives.

Why Retreat?
The tactical reasons for retreat.

Why Advance?
The tactical reasons for advance.

Orientation Limits and Agility
The nature of Agility and it's value in evasive defence. Includes practical exercises to increase agility.

The Inner Battle
Martial tactics are universal and so can be applied usefully in aid of the inner quest towards character improvement and enlightenment.

The Alien Martial Art
Whatever the physiology of any hyperthetical alien, even if they are non-corporeal, they must use the universal tactical concepts studied by the Shhhhh practitioner.

Partition Theory Sieges
Understanding the mathematics of Partition Theory can offer insights into sieges and other situations.

The Advanced Tactical Computer
You carry it with you.

The Ultimate Self Defence Secret Revealed
Click on link to find out more.

2max: A Game of Survival
2Max is similar to Naughts and Crosses/Tic Tac Toe but in 2Max you have to avoid getting too many of your symbols in a row. This game has some interesting properties connected with mathematics.

Tower Defence
A great tactical tower defence game!

Cryptography and secret codes. A new kind of code-can you break it?

A New Martial Art called "Shhhhh"
Shhhhh is a new martial art based on the principles of VirtueScience.

Shhhhh Defined
How is Shhhhh different from other martial arts?

Why call the martial art "Shhhhh"?
Most of the reasons.

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COMMITMENT: Teaching Children the Lessons of a Lifetime by Jeffrey M. Miller

The Role of Zen in Martial Arts by Jeffrey M. Miller

The Importance of Friendship by Jeffrey M. Miller

Self-Defense Within Martial Arts Training Demands a Real-World Perspective by Jeffrey M. Miller

Self-Defense - Why Most Adults Drop Out of Martial Arts Classes by Jeffrey M. Miller

Ninjutsu Martial Arts Strategy: Key Moments & Phases in a Self-Defense Situation by Jeffrey M. Miller

DESHI-IRI - 'Becoming a Student of an authentic Ninpo Warrior Martial Arts Teacher' by Jeffrey M. Miller

Ninjutsu - The Ninja's Mikkyo Mind-Science and the Magic of Asking "Why?" by Jeffrey M. Miller

The Keys to Martial Arts Life Mastery, Key#1: The Power of the Leader Within by Jeffrey M. Miller

The Keys to Martial Arts Life Mastery, Key #2: CHARACTER And the Ninja's Law of Interdependence by Jeffrey M. Miller

DECISIVENESS: - Single-Minded Commitment to Greatness - The Keys to Martial Arts Life Mastery #3 by Jeffrey M. Miller

ENGAGEMENT: Recognizing the Value of Training - The Keys to Martial Arts Mastery, Key #6 by Jeffrey M. Miller

ATTITUDE: "FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION! - Keys to Martial Arts Mastery, Key #7 by Jeffrey M. Miller

Flexibility, Adaptibility, and The Keys to Martial Arts Mastery, Key #8 by Jeffrey M. Miller

No Martial Arts or Self-Defense Technique is Perfect by Jeffrey M. Miller

True Martial Arts and the Job of a Warrior by Jeffrey M. Miller

Long-Distance Martial Arts Training - 3 Tips for the Serious Student by Jeffrey M. Miller

Martial Arts Training for Real Self-Defense: Making Sense of Chaos by Jeffrey M. Miller

Leadership: The Cornerstone of Success in the Martial Arts and In Life by Jeffrey M. Miller

Is All This Martial Arts Training Gear Necessary? by Jeffrey M. Miller

In the Ninja Warrior's Martial Art of Ninjutsu - Practice Makes Perfect by Jeffrey M. Miller

An Evolutionary Quantum Leap In Precision Martial Arts Training Equipment by Peter Sundbye

Budget Travel for Martial Arts Karate Tournamentsby Clint Leung

Should You Notify Your Attacker That You Are Trained In The Martial Arts? by Shawn Kovacich

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The Tao Te Ching
The classic work by Lao Tzu. The 81 chapters are said to be connected with the 81 permutations of yin, yang and tao over 4 places. This translation is by James Legge.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu
A short work that can be understood at different levels. The oldest military treatise in the world.

The Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
"To write this book I did not use the law of Buddha or the teachings of Confucius, neither old war chronicles nor books on martial tactics. I take up my brush to explain the true spirit of this Ichi school as it is mirrored in the Way of heaven and Kwannon."

The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli
A classic book on political tactics translated by W. K. Marriott

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