Andrew Shultz wrote:The concept of guard without guard appears in sources that include a name for the position corresponding to porta di ferro, they are not the same thing.
I think you're confusing a concept with a specific. Guard without guard means you can be in a low position, you can be in a high position, the important thing is that you are just being in the right position rather than holding a guard.
Musashi in book of five rings is one example. He first lays out the five guard positions, and then a little while on has a section on guard without guard which I recommend you read rather than be content with the lame summary above. In English the best translation I have is "The Complete Book of Five Rings" translated by Tokitsu.
Andrew Shultz wrote: The best analogue without having the zen background is "you're in the zone" though I think that's an inadequate description.
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