Buy-side Perspectives Issue 3 - Page 25

Lifestyle It is far better to be a warrior tending his garden rather than a gardener at war - Kristian Karppi, MD, K&K Global Consulting Ltd. “Martial arts” has a wide definition and is often used to describe sports, meditative arts, selfdefence and technique-based martial arts. Unless you are a connoisseur in the subject, you may not have heard as much about the more intellectual “principle-based martial arts” and how such arts can be applied to your life. In self-defence the ideal scenario is an escape from combat, which can be achieved by many different means, avoiding that anyone gets hurt. If nobody gets hurt, there is a better chance the opponent is not harbouring any hard feelings leading to further retaliations. a situation that I didn’t choose to enter and there was a severe threat to my own life, but I feel much better in myself that his parents and family still have a son and a brother. Most martial art styles have a long history of being clouded with secrecy. With a chain of succeeding teachers only teaching their secrets to their closest student, the true path of martial arts has been severely eroded and it is hard to find great martial arts schools. The reasons for this erosion are many, martial art wisdom is ultimately intellectual property and there is always a risk that such secrets may be turned against you. Revealing your martial secrets can be just as foolish as publishing trading algorithms for public consumption. An example of how techniques got lost in history is provided by classic karate self-defence blocking techniques that are often taught as being divided into the following two parts; a) a cross arm position to create leverage for power and thereafter b) a block of an attacker’s incoming limb. Considering most martial arts, such as Karate, were developed out of an armed opponent context this two stage approach is clearly irrational. The most pragmatic decision would be to occupy the space the attacker needs to take in order to injure you, deflecting in your first move to avoid being hurt. If you observe the two section karate technique and understand the paths to your victory, you will also understand that the first section indicates that your opposite arm to the blocking arm is in fact the first deflecting parry preventing you from getting injured. Unfortunately, the world is rarely that simple. Attackers rarely come pre-announced and alone and you may also want to protect family and friends. Therefore, you may have no other option than to engage in combat with your opponents. If your skills as a martial artist are excessively superior, you may be served the opportunity to spare your enemy’s life and ideally he and his family will understand that they owe you a favour to not pursue further retaliation. Only as the final outcome, when there is no other alternative, you may be forced to end a chain of violence by terminating someone’s life. This may sound like an outlandish philosophy but I have personally been in a situation where I have spared my enemy’s life, The second block move is a strike with the intent to injure, unbalance and potentially even settle the opponent in a position where they need to raise to launch their next attack. At the moment the opponent rises from a settled position, he is in a “weightless state” where a) his balance is susceptible to manipulation for a throw and b) his mind is vulnerable for knock out. If you have seen boxing matches where the boxers have given each other really hard punches but the boxers keep standing up seemingly unharmed it’s because they are in a stable position. You may also have seen that a se