"pressing down the pillow" refers to one's efforts not to let the head of one's opponent rise. In battles based on martial strategy, it is taboo to let your opponent take the initative, thus putting yourself on the defensive. You must try at all costs to lead your opponent by taking complete control of him. During combat, your opponent intends to dominate you as much as your want to dominate him, so it is vital that you pick up on your opponent's intentions and tactics so as to control him....According to the principle of martial strategy, you must be able to control your opponent(s) at all times. Study this point well
The book of Five Rings, Miyamoto Musashi, 1584-1645

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