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The Wisdom of the Crane

by Terry Bryan

Calm, balanced and disciplined, what better attributes could you want in a fighter? The crane is a master of angles. She has learned to wait until the last second and then by making a slight movement or shifting of the body, the stronger and more aggressive attacker simply throws himself off-balance. A tremendous amount of mental practice is necessary to remain calm as a serious attack is approaching, and not physically reacting too soon is the key to success. There is a saying that an attack of 1000 pounds can be redirected by an ounce of energy, if you use proper angles and timing.