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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Time

Got thinking about this during a conversation with M today.

Rory points out that martial artists often think about time as a resource.

When you get down to it, there’s a lot of strategies in the martial arts that boil down to trying opt manipulate time.
  • Changing distance can create time to react, or diminish your opponent’s time to react 
  • Changing an angle can give you more time to move, and take away time from your opponent. 
  • Pressing the attack takes time away from your opponent that they need to waste time on defending. 
There’s probably more examples here. This is off the top of my head. I’ve also been thinking recently about time management—between two kids, a business, and a bunch of other stuff, time is something I’m critically short on lately. This article by Dan John got me thinking, as did some of the recent guests on the FitCast. I’m still working on all of this, but I’m starting to kick around the idea that this might be a place where the lessons of the martial arts can transfer off the mat and into the real world.
  • How do you (metaphorically) create space to give yourself time to finish something? 
  • How do you “make an angle” on a problem in the real world? 
  • How to press the attack to take up time later?
On that last one—this might be the secret of those who advocate preparing all of your meals for the week in one shot. It’s pressing the attack on a problem so that you use up all of the time in a single burst, rather than spreading it out (which offers more opportunity for your opponent to counter). Thought is really unformed, but it might be worth following up.

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