Martial Artist WisdomWhat one learn through Martial Art training will give us an unsual prism for business and academic ideas.
Followings are Mr Emory Morris' (Tallahassee,Fla,USA.)
BLOCK FEAR."In Martial Arts so much of our training addresses the 'what if' questions - What IF an attacker does this? - so, we teach a block or a counter for that, and we practice it again and again,"he says.
In the business world, "you can waste tons of energy worrying about all the 'what ifs' Instead of allowing yourself to become paralyzed or to react in some irrational way to a perceived threat, you have to sit down and say, "Okay, what if this thing I'am afraid of happens?' And you come up with a plan to deal whith that situation."
PHYSICS and FOCUS.We break boards to demonstrate the energy you generate if everything is focused, if every part of your body is aligned and concentrated. Mr. Morris says."There is a formula for it in phisycs: the energy delivered is equal to one-half the mass times the velocity squared."
Think about that. According to the equestion, you increase the total energy a little by increasing the mass... But if you increases velocity by just a few miles per hour, the energy output greatly changes. It's what makes a bullet so effective: low mass, but high velocity.
The business point, Mr Morris says, is that what matters is how efficiently you move from where you are to where you want to be.
Passion and purpose(goals).Titles and trophies come and go. The rewards that stay with you are the battle you win within yourself to get better and to eliminate the things that block you from performing at your best. And that becomes your purpose, the better you get, the more passionate you become. And the passion drives you to achieve at even higher levels.
In business, I think you have to have purpose that inspires that kind of passion. It can be just making money or beating the competitors. Those are like trophies and titles. In the long run, they can't sustain you or help you grow."
KNOWLEDGEIn the most fundamental sense, knowledge/information is power. Everything you do to better your skills, to train your powers of anticipation, to know your competition reduces feaar and increases your potential for success.
In business, you don't always have the luxury of the simulated competition that is routine in Martial Arts.Often, you have to learn by playing the game and observing others' experiences.
WISDOM.The Martial Art have formal structures for the transfer of knowledge. You have to seek out masters, the seniors in your business who have wisdom...
"But you also should begin thinking about what it means to become a master yourself and about developing others so they can be the masters of the future. That menas encouraging young employees to respect senior wisdom.
INNOVATIONIn sport and business, you gain the wisdom as you get older and more experienced, (you see how everything is linked, you recognice patterns and connections and long-range concequences of a series of decisions you made.)
But out of that same wisdom should come a respect for innovation, fot tactics that confound competitors and create new efficiencies.
My Martial arts teacher used to wonder around at tournaments and watch the lower ranked students spar." Mr Morris says."He told me it was to get new ideas And I would ask him, "After 40 years of training and teaching, what would you possibly get from begginers?'
He would say, "Oh!, they are the most fun to watch, because they don't know hoe to spar yet. They try stuff that I think is impossible. Yet it lands sometimes. And I have to think, why did that work?"