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Karate for the Software Developer

by on September 16, 2008

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.


From → daily life, karate

  1. Gary Randell permalink

    That’s rich Philip! I’ll have to start thinking of how to relate daily activities to karate as well. This won’t do much for training, but maybe I’ll provide insight to students some day.

  2. hershees permalink

    I can go you one further Phil,

    Karate is like coffee, it requires constant heat. Without this constant heating it grows tepid and tastes like crap. Unfortunately, coffee, unlike karate, can never regain its original taste as this is forever lost if we allow it to go cold. With karate, it can take more hard work and training to regain our previous skill level, but the goal is still attainable.

    On the other hand, like karate, too much heat will spoil the coffee. We must find the perfect balance of “heat” and water-to-coffee ratio to maintain the optimum level of excellence in our training/coffee-making. Over-training or not training enough will both have negative effects, and it is only through understanding this balance that we excel.

    The moral? Drink the damn coffee and don’t make more than you need.

  3. philipobrien permalink

    But unlike karate, cold coffee can be packaged and sold as something new. I don’t think anyone would get far starting a “Cold Karate” dojo. Unless the soul-destroying box store folk thought they could make a buck off it 🙂

  4. hershees permalink

    ah but i beg to differ my seagull-loving friend! there are McDojo’s all over the place selling just such a product! 😉

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