# The triangular situation

The triangular situation is the basis of most positional tactics. Understanding and practicing this situation lays the foundation and perfects the essential skills of good cooperation.

Triangle practice is about the proper positional play necessary to fight with two or more fighters against a single, often better, fighter. This should be done in such a way that, if possible, no one is put at risk.

**Blue** are the attackers

**Yellow** is the single opponent

## Two attackers

The basic idea is that the opponent is held on a central perpendicular between them, so that an isosceles triangle can always be formed. In doing so, the attackers slowly approach the opponent in parallel until the opponent is almost between them and thus the opponent can be fought from two sides. This requires both attackers to coordinate with each other, both in distance to the opponent and to each other

Now, when the opponent moves towards one of the attackers, it is necessary that the latter does not merely move backwards to avoid it, but also moves towards his co-attacker at the same time. The latter should use the opportunity to attack or at least pursue the opponent. Thus, as the co-attacker moves toward the opponent, the movement away from the opponent and toward behind the co-attacker becomes a circular path around the currently unattacked co-attacker.

**The numbers** indicate the probable speed of the movements (including reaction speed)

## More than two attackers

Things get more complicated when there are three or four attackers, since matching attackers is no longer so easy.

There are two possible ways:

### Way 1

Two form a triangle and the rest stay between them slightly backwards, so that an arc is formed to the opponent. The attackers forming the triangle form it just as if they were doing it in pairs.

### Way 2

Two form a triangle, and the others stay behind it for now. Depending on their fighting strength or armament, they support the first line or send out runners. The attackers forming the triangle form it the same way as if they were doing it in pairs.