High Risk v Low Risk

I’ve probably spent too many minutes of my life debating sport versus street. It’s safe to say that time could have been better spent practicing or training. Be that as it may, I think some of that time spent debating helped me to codify my thoughts on the matter.

Circumstances dictate strategy and tactics. Tactics dictate techniques and tools. There are techniques of greater and lower risk.

A Drop Seoi Nage is high risk until I hit my opponent’s face with the planet. Is that street or sport? It’s mass, acceleration, and distance coming to a sudden stop against an immovable object. Somethings going to give, and it won’t be the immovable object. Neither my opponent or the immovable object care if it’s sport or street. I certainly don’t care, I just want to wreck them.

I no longer entertain the sport v street/dirty tactics conversation. There are high risk and low risk tactics and techniques. The circumstances will dictate my selection. It’s just that simple.

Add Water

If we want to get good at this thing we do, we need to work with people that are as good, if not better than us.

What if we aren’t in a place where everyone is better than or even as good us?

Our job is to help our partners get as good if not better than us so we can get better. There is an old saying that a rising tide raises all ships. Sometimes we’re the tide. We add the water that raises everyone around us.

We can spend a lot of time searching for something better or we can make what we have better. Both approaches work. No one says you can’t do both at the same time. One approach builds you. One approach builds your community/tribe.