Thomas Aquinas made this argument in the 13th century, writing, “If a thing can be done adequately by means of one, it is superfluous to do it by means of several; for we observe that nature does not employ two instruments where one suffices.

In short: have a partner or more come at you and find a solution. Once this is done consider your choice and work again to clean out the extra movement and tension. Repeat and remember to avoid repeating the attack or defence or naming it as such. Keep things clean in your head as well. Placing a label on a movement robs it of its freedom.

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