Martial arts

I took up Taekwondo when I was in primary school but stopped practicing in high school after I got my blackbelt. Reason being, went to a boarding school which practices ITF instead of WTF where the style is different.

Anyhow, people often get life learnings from martial arts but I’m not sure if I ever did. Maybe I stopped too early, at a young age, so I wasn’t mature enough.

I recently read an article about the current CEO of PayPal, Dan Schulman.

He said he takes his best career advice from martial arts, in particular Krav Maga.

Note: Krav Maga is a military self-defence and fighting system developed for the Israel Defense Forces and Israeli security forces derived from a combination of techniques sourced from boxing, wrestling, Aikido, judo, and karate, along with realistic fight training (source: Wikipedia)

The best advice, which I thought is very useful for my career too, is:

“The best way to win a fight is to not get into a fight”

and, this:

“Never stand still. Standing still is asking to be hit. You always have to be willing to take some risks going forward. You can’t stand still”



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