The Three Key Principals of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”

1. Know your enemy and know yourself and in 100 battles, you will never be in peril.  In the Art of War, understanding your opponent is crucial to victory.

2. To win 100 battles is not the height of skill – to subdue the enemy without fighting is.  Fighting costs lives and money.  Sun Tzu prizes the general who can outwit instead of outfight his opponent.

3. Avoid what is strong.  Attack what is weak. Throughout history, armies battle to show their strength and courage. However, Sun Tzu does not care about glory.  His only goal is to win.

For more than a thousand years, Sun Tzu’s secrets were kept hidden and made available only to Chinese emperors and authorized scholars. The Art of War surfaced in eighth-century Japan and spread throughout the world from there.

Today, what can be learned from The Art of War also applies to sports, politics, education and business.

Continued in Sun Tzu’s The Art of War – Part 1 or discover Dictatorship Defined


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5 Responses to The Three Key Principals of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”

  1. Chinese Symbols And Meanings…

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  2. NN says:

    Yes, they seem to be obsessed about these creatures. LOL And now I’m even more convinced that the Anu-naki –> – God – refers to the Chinese. The Egyptians feared God at the time Moses commanded Pharaoh to let his people go. I think China had much impact in the middle east at that time and helped the children of God (Jews) out from Egypt.

  3. NN says:

    A little input about the Chinese fighting arts in ancient China. I finished my thought with the crickets/grasshoppers connection to the middle east in another thread.

    Then I toke a little closer look about China and grasshoppers and found out that grasshoppers was totems to them.

    “As a Chinese symbol, the grass hopper offers attributes of longevity, happiness, good health, good luck, wealth, abundance, fertility and virtue. In fact, grasshoppers were thought to be fertility symbols; specifically omens of the birth of a son (hence, another reason for its good luck symbol status as sons are considered prized gems within the setting of the family).”

    They had not only grasshoppers in cages as we have birds today, but they also studied their fighting techniques. I start to wonder where Kung Fu and all the other fighting skills really came from 🙂

    I had no idea of this.

    • I’ve read about the Qing Dynasty nobility keeping crickets as pets. The emperor’s concubines carved elaborate homes for the crickets out of gourds. This cricket fighting in China is interesting. I’m going to do more research about it and write a post. Thanks.

    • Thanks for telling me about the fighting crickets in China. I did a bit of research and wrote a short post that will appear September 4 Pacific Standard Time. The link to the video you provided is also part of the cricket post.

      I find it intersting that the Chinese enjoy the singing of crickets, fight them and also consider them an eating delicacy.

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