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Aphorisms From Unlikely Places

There is something very sincere about combat sports. Openly fighting an opponent for dominance feels somehow more honest than the confusing online culture guerrillas.

And beyond the unflattering clichés, fighting is an extremely technical activity. When two experimented athlete brawl, they are comparing the validity of their respective praxeologies. Who, among them, has the best assessment of their strengths and weaknesses? Who can predict more accurately how people will behave in certain situations? There is some truth to the warrior monk trope.

Practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I formulated some ideas to help me develop an effective strategy:

  1. In a fight, there is a point when the fate of one of the parties depends on the will of the other. This moment is called Game Over.

  2. Not admitting or recognizing Game Over can lead to irreplaceable loss.

  3. Neither pure strength nor pure strategy can win a fight alone.

  4. A fight can be won by exhausting the opponent so much that they give up before Game Over.

  5. The more equal two opponents are, the greater eventual payoffs for taking risks will be.

  6. As long as Game Over didn’t happen, there is no such thing as safety.

  7. Corollary, up until Game Over, there’s always a way to win.

  8. Being prepared means to have turned intellectual observations into spontaneous reflexes.

  9. Learning fast requires to be humble.

  10. A beginner’s greatest asset is being underestimated. Pretending to be more naive than one truly is can be highly effective.

  11. No amount of scheming can make-up for being too slow to react.

  12. Creating frustration and despair in your opponent’s mind lead them to deviate from their strategy.

  13. There’s no need to integrally control an opponent, just the most strategic parts of them.

  14. All fights should be fought seriously.

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