Sun Tzu's Methods

Napoleon and Sun Tzu

A reader writes:

Your web-page states that Napoleon made use of "The Art of War". I spent eight years studying Napoleon's early career, and never discovered a single piece of evidence to show this. On the other hand, it is quite clear that he made use of the writings of the great French strategist, Pierre Bourcet, as well as those of the Chevalier Du Teil, among others. Napoleon didn't really need to read "The Art of War" because European writings contained all that he needed to develop into a great general. Yours, Martin BB.

The Use of Climate

A Institute Member writes:

My biggest struggle is using Climate. My own prejudice gets in the way. I really hate it when I see any “sales” pitch that applies pressure to “buy now” because the sky is falling. Even when it’s true, I hate to see it used to influence or manipulate me. Therefore, I tend to soften the Climate and avoid any kind of buy now approach.

Entangling Positions by Allan Elder

Entangling positions are ones where you get hung-up. They are complex and create confusing condition. You would not intentionally move to an entangling position. The only reason you would end up in one is because you were not looking where you are going, you did not think ahead. You can easily attack from entangling positions and although they are not ideal positions, they do offer good defense.

Competitive Arenas: 

Creation and Destruction of Sun Tzu's Elements

Competitive Arenas: 

The center of Sun Tzu's system is the strategic position. A position consists of five elements. The interaction of these elements assures us that 1) new positions are constantly being created and 2) existing positions are constantly being destroyed. This means that all positions are dynamic. Even as we try to describe them, they are changing. This process is in Chinese philosophy known as the cycle of birth and death, creation an destruction.


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