Know Your Options

The Strategic Element is one of the Five Martial Elements.

The function of the Strategic Element is to develop awareness, decision making, and good forward planning ability.

Fluency with the Strategic Element ensures that the options and choices available to you at any given moment are well known. This means you know exactly what you can do at any point in time; before, during or after a physical encounter.

Inside The Strategic Element

Just like the other martial elements, the Strategic Element is made up of four components, which are as follows:

  1. Objectives
  2. Plans
  3. Strategies
  4. Tactics

Together, these four components define the overall goal of any encounter, and map out the various routes to success, at ever-increasing levels of detail. These are shown and briefly explained in the diagram below.

FWTS | Components Of The Strategic Element

Connections To The Strategic Element

Just like the other martial elements, the Strategic Element is fully connected via the Creative Relationships and the Control Relationships that exist within the system. Thus, the strengths & weakness within this element will colour and influence the others.

The four relationship pairs formed by these connections are:

  • Strategy creates Theory
  • Strategy controls Technical
  • Strategy is created by Physical
  • Strategy is controlled by Practical

FWTS | Relationships Of The Strategic Element

Follow the links on this page to go deeper into the components of the Strategic Element, and discover the effects it has upon all the other martial elements.

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Level Contents
3 Five Martial Elements The Creative Relationship The Control Relationship
4 Strategic Element (you are here)
Theoretical Element
Technical Element
Practical Element
Physical Element
The Creation Cycle
End Of Branch
The Control Cycle
End Of Branch
5 Objectives