Often students ask me what is the difference between Strategy and Tactic. Strategy is an overall, larger plan that can comprise several tactics, which are smaller, focused, less impactful plans that are part of the overall plan. While the original usage of the terms strategy and tactics was in military context, they are now used in a wide variety of everyday settings, including business.

In other words, strategy is a high level plan to achieve one or several goals under conditions of uncertainty, while tactic is a conceptual actions implemented as one or more specific task.

If your strategy is grappling but your opponent is much better grappler than you, as a good tactician you have to used your strategy in a different way, meaning you will se your grappling skill to avoid to go the ground and bring a stand up game as a strategy in which your opponent has a known weakness, thus, you still use your strategy but with different tactic, make sense? I hope it did.

If you stayed with me by now we can understand that tactical means winning the battle today. Strategy means winning the war. But the battle had a strategy, broken up into tactics utilized by each member of the team. Each team leader had a broad spectrum strategy that was adapted in execution by a strategic utilization of appropriate tactics based upon of the following: people, tools, terrain, culture, beliefs system, skills, from both sides: the enemy and his own people.

Understand: once you leave  this interpretation, the only difference between strategy and tactics is your good judgment and perspective. MMA fighters and quarterbacks have strategies for a minute worth of action, while politics strategist have tactics that take months to execute.

So next time you are preparing for you next fight or a business meeting or executing your vision for the future, remember that you will have to simultaneously view your struggles from both the strategic and tactical points of view in order to succeed.

Shihan Joshua Barbosa




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