欲擒故縱/Yu Qin Gu Zong – To Capture, First Release
Original Text: Pressure leads to resistance; running leads to dispersed momentum, follow closely but don’t press. Wear down his vigor, diminish his will to fight, disperse & then capture, an effortless victory. In need there is trust & light.
Analysis: If you press the enemy too closely it’s possible to suffer a counter attack; allowing him to escape can weaken his vigor, but you must follow closely behind, causing him to use up his physical strength, to achieve “no blood on the men’s swords,” & be victorious. This is Yi Jing’s Xu Gua principle.