All types of combat can be divided into two phases offensive and defensive
“All types of combat can be divided into two phases, offensive and defensive.”
Applegate, Rex. Kill or Get Killed: A Manual of Hand-to-Hand Fighting. Paladin Press, 2007, loc. 22.
I like the use of the term phase, here as it highlights the transitory nature of movement between offense and defense. Knowing how to move from defense to offense is usually the more critical transition.