Karate for the Software Developer
So we received a new coffee maker in the office a while back and I made a pot of coffee. It turned out terribly because I put too much water in since our old coffee maker was inefficient and required more water than usual. This got me thinking (and laughing)…
“Karate is like coffee; it requires a balance of fluidity (water) and strength (more coffee grounds). With too much water, coffee is tasteless. It will appear to be like real coffee, but will not be enjoyed to its full extent. So too if we have too much fluidity in karate without substance. It will be attractive and look like the real thing, but is impractical, weak, without flavour… tasteless.
“With too many coffee grounds, the coffee will be unbearable. It will contort your face because it is too strong. It may provide lots of caffeine for a moment, and so you drink it, hoping it will get you somewhere. In the end, it becomes undrinkable. With karate, we must also have a balance when employing strength. It may appear to look powerful and desirable at first, and we think we can get far with it (“the karate rush”?), but in the end, it burns us out, and our techniques become stiff and impractical. We must add more water. “
How’s that for karate in everyday life.