I keep coming back to the meaning of sen.
awareness; anticipation; readiness to act
It’s not that I’m overly forgetful but it’s useful to review.
Sente. “First move , initiative ”, abbreviated as sen. The idea of sen is that one is“ready to act”.An essay I found by Stephen Quinlan from 2011.
From sen we get the mitsu no sen:
- sen no sen – I strike you as you begin your attack
- go no sen – I strike you while you are attacking me
- sen sen no sen – I strike you just before you begin your attack
One of the references I find most useful is this one from George McCall back from September 2015.
I think this is worth reviewing over and over.
Also check out this explanation.