The big mystery was how I pulled stuff off that bigger, stronger people couldn't. 'Principles' was trying to lay down the core ideas of efficiency- what it is and how to make it work.
In the course of the last several years reading, training, fighting, I've observed a lot of things, put together some clues. I think about conflict in a way that only a handful of people seem to share. But the way we think is useful and so in addition to the Principles there is now a section on Concepts.
'Concepts' is just a list of the stuff that I/we* think are critical to understanding what goes on in a fight.
But I wonder, right now if I am going off on a familiar and useless path. How much does it really help? I believe it does, I believe that if you understand predator dynamics you can prevent things that you otherwise couldn't. I believe that you need to recognize a freeze before you can break out...
But I've read an awful lot of theoretical stuff and wondered, "That's interesting, but will it make any difference to know that when something slams into the back of my head?"
Maybe, like technique, the Concepts need to be absorbed and stripped down to their essentials. I do this most of the time: not thinking of concepts or principles but acting in accordance with them. So that ability exists. Can it be taught?
Sometimes I feel that words get in the way of understanding, that if you learn all of the concepts you learn the names and can discuss them and that lets you think that you know them and that lets you feel comfortable enough to just stop, keeping them in your brain but never internalizing them into your bone and muscle and tendon.
So here is the insecurity and self-doubt of a teacher. Can I really take the things from my head and get them to you deeply enough? Will I ever know?
*I seem to do most of the conceptualizing all the writing, but then I kick it back to a few people, notably Mac, for a check on what I have missed or misunderstood.