From the art of war to combat sports

Over the last ten years, Alain Deselle has put his extensive experience and knowledge of martial arts on paper. The final product, Martial Strategies: The Art of War Applied to Martial Arts and Combat Sports, concludes a work of reflection initiated in 1984 by the adoption Saguenéen.
At that he himself was fighting in Asia in various disciplines (feet fists, kickboxing, full contact) and he rubbed at what he called “gods of the ring,” the original French s is more seriously considering strategic issues, which has resulted in a unique approach.

“One of the driving forces of the book is that I realized that people were not really interested in strategy when I boxed 30 years ago. Today, there is still no evolution. For me, it is the element to develop as one does with the technique, the cardiovascular and the mental “, to put forward Alain Deselle.

“I have always looked for ways to neutralize the potential of the opponent. It was really my thing, like an army that is in front of a more powerful enemy “, to imagine the one who practices the martial arts since 1977.

” How do we do that ? I was trying to find a way to put the opponent in discomfort, so remove the deployment of his tools, he says. First, we must learn to defend ourselves, which serves as a support for a counter-attack. To defend is not only to defend. We have never won a battle by defending only. ”

For the contextualization of the 460-page book, “the short version” of all his thought, admits the author laughing in an interview. In his reflection, Alain Deselle was inspired by great generals of history and especially of their calm in their decision-making, “the theory of the three brains”. He then divided everything into 15 major chapters, such as defense, attack, surprise, hoax, and so on. “Everyone could have been a book,” says the author who is a great follower of the art of Bruce Lee.

For easy reference, the table of contents contains 120 principles inspired by 80 battles and 40 fighters. Maps and photos also illustrate the movements. “The person who buys the book that wants martial answers, I bring it first in a historical narrative, which is always good, and I then tell him that it can take this or that form,” says Alain Deselle, convinced that the techniques work for all disciplines.

“These are strategic principles. Only the shape changes, but the substance remains the same, “he says, hoping indirect spin-offs for his schools, including that of Saguenay Jeet Kune do and self defense. In the medium term, he plans to open a school of martial strategy. He will also look at the possibility of translating the book into English in order to break into new markets, especially in the United States.

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