Just another day at the office

If you’ve been around me in the moments before I walk out to fight, it is quite likely you have heard me mumble to myself ‘this is your office, go to work’. Understandably, you’d probably come to the conclusion that I am a little bit crazy and would avoid being in my near proximity from that moment on.

 

Of course, a Judo mat is not an office.

 

However, there are several parallels in my mind:

 

  • All Judo contest areas are 8m² - like a designated office workspace
  • All contests are run over 5 mins – most offices run 9am-5pm
  • Competitors wear uniforms – tired of that same suit and tie much?
  • Competitors wear identifying back patches – CEO, trainee, etc, what does your     name badge say?
  • I spend 30+ hours per week on the mat – same as most white collar workers
  • At the end of the day, I get home tired and complain about my ‘office’ on          Facebook – we’ve all been there.

 

I relate to the office analogy because when I break down the amount of hours I have spent refining my game, I can be calm – regardless of whom I am fighting. I am calm because I see my opponent as a work problem __ not as a finely tuned athlete willing and able to tear me apart limb from limb.

 

Figuring out how I am going to throw, pin, choke or arm lock this individual is to me the same as an accountant filing someone’s tax return forms or a marketing manager developing a strategy to become the dominant player in a market.

 

I am quite comfortable in the knowledge that to most I am that office nerd. The guy who comes in early, stays back late, asks the boss a million and one questions. Because, once my opponents bow on to face me in a contest then they are stepping in to MY OFFICE, I WILL do my job and I am bucking for a promotion.

 

Here end the ramblings of a crazy Judoka.

 

Ivo

 

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    Really nice analogy. From now on I will try to think about the judo mat as a shared office where i'm trying to get the best view. Nice job.

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