It is important to note that one should never linger in a guard. As soon as you can reach your opponent you should attack using your device, lest you find yourself being forced to parry blow and blow.
Device: A sequence of moves, roughly meaning the same as Kata or play.
The guards are useful for remembering what devices are available from a given posture. Gracefully changing from guard to guard allows you to deceive your opponent, as he won’t know what to expect. Likewise you should study the guards so that you will know what your opponent may throw.
Everything up until now dealt with the Onset. Next up is an introduction to the cuts.