Turning The Tables

How to perform a Counter-Attack?

There are problems with “Moving first” – initiating the attack. It often places us at a disadvantage, exposing our strategy and limiting our options.

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)

Counter Attack

  • Holding Back – Power
    • Wait for the right moment 
    • Let the enemy move first 
  • Unexpected 
  • Flexible – from any angle 
  • Baiting  aggressive enemies into rash attacks – place them in weak positions 
  • Using enemies weakness
    • Impatience 
    • Eagerness to get at us
  • Throwing enemies off-balance

In defensive strategy, the basic military axiom is to attack the enemy’s weakness with our strength. 

Strategic Warriors

  • Play for the long-term
  • Focus on what they have
    • Strengths 
    • Creativity 
  • Timing masters
    • When to slow down
    • Retrench and cutback
    • Outlast opponents 
  • Fight the peasants’ war – try to get the maximum out of the minimum

Abundance makes me poor. Ovid ( 43BC – 17AD)

Victory is about how we use what we have, not simply accumulating more things, tools, instruments, and techniques.

“According With” Technique:

  • Leading the enemy to flaws 
  • Understand the Enemy
    • Desires
      • Advance
        • Draw them forward and cover 
        • Become completely flexible 
        • Display a weakness – induce their advancing 
      • Withdraw 
        • Release and capture 
        • Open an escape route for their retreat 
        • Disperse 
    • Expectations 
      • Awesomeness
        • Be respectful 
        • Substantially plan for their laxity 
      • Strong Front 
        • Establish our own front lines far away 
        • Observe their arrogance then exploit it 
        • Assume a defensive posture
    • Beliefs 
  • Appearance – Conforming to the enemy until the situation becomes exploitable 


Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack. Sun Tzu (544BC – 496BC)

Inspired by The 33 Strategies of War –  Greene

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