“To Hold Down a Pillow” means not allowing the enemy’s head to rise.

In contests of strategy it is bad to be led about by the enemy. You must always be able to lead the enemy about.

When you have grasped this principle, whatever the enemy tries to bring about in the fight you will see it in advance and suppress it.

The important thing in strategy is to suppress the enemy’s useful actions but allow his useless actions. However, doing this alone is defensive. First, you must act according to the Way, suppressing the enemy’s techniques, foiling his plans and thence command him directly.

Excerpt from The Book of Five Rings

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