“Why do you keep these tactics so simple?”

That’s a question I get sometimes by thoughtful students in my classes.

There is a moment in life where you realize that all those paths you created in that dense forest of problems in your head might not be accessible when you venture into the dark. Whether it be tactical performance, gunfighting or hand to hand combat (or really, any human endeavor), keeping the concept stupid simple and as linear as possible without compromising survivability and mission performance is crucial. Sure, it might not be such a good business model but in terms of performance too many transitions, too much manipulation and too many scripted procedures to a slew of different problems will not help and often, instead, end up hindering your performance.

Perhaps an example is necessary.