The Fire Scroll

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“Mountain and sea” means that it is bad to do the same thing over and over again. You may have to repeat something once, but it should not be done a third time.

When you try something on an opponent, if it does not work the first time, you will not get any benefit out of rushing to do it again. Change your tactics abruptly, doing something completely different. If that still does not work, then try something else.

Thus the science of martial arts involves the presence of mind to act as the sea when the enemy is like a mountain, and act as a mountain when the enemy is like a sea. This requires careful reflection.

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The above is from the Book of Five Rings. It is so important not be stagnant, to always improve and change your tactics, to try new methods, etc.

How many times have we seen that people expect a good result but does the same thing over and over and over again without any changes and improvements?

You can’t expect good or better results if you just stick to what you are doing now. At best, you can only achieve what you are achieving now.

To move forward, identify what you need to do differently and do it. Only then there will be a glimmer of hope for improvement.

Applicable to all aspects of our life, not just on martial arts or Go.

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6 responses to “The Fire Scroll

  1. Tom

    The Book of Five Rings by Musahsi is a great book on strategy but I prefer Sun Tzu’s Art of War as a basis for all strategy.

  2. veilChen

    A good book to read. I like the empty scroll.

  3. ““Mountain and sea” means that it is bad to do the same thing over and over again. You may have to repeat something once, but it should not be done a third time.”

    So I guess you won’t be returning to our former place of employment (which you had two different stints at)? Good, if so!

    And more generally: I think it’s a good maxim. Rather than “try, try and try again”, I do tend to operate on the “three strikes and you’re out” philosophy. No use frustratedly butting your head against the same wall over and over again. Rather, it’s often better to know when it’s time to go and try something else.

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