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From technical to physical

August 25, 2006

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Most of analyst relations for me right now is centered around Software as a Service and events, outside of the day to day partnering issues. We’re already planning the SWG A/R meeting, there is a Meet the Experts Partner/Executive day in Waltham, Ma., the SMB analyst event and any number of “mini” events including podcasts with analysts. Oh yeah, there is an annual report by one of the larger firms that will rate us against the other partnering programs, nothing to sneeze at there.

This weekend however, I’ll delve back into the world of martial arts as I test for my black belt in Jujitsu. While the translation is “gentle art/practice”, in reality it is anything but for me. I’ll throw someone or be thrown over a hundred times, test in wrist locks, arm bar’s, chokes, hold downs and escapes for hours. Needless to say, it will take my mind off of work.So assuming I survive, I’ll be back to my desk jockey position on Monday, albeit a bit worse for wear, but having accomplished a goal I set years back.

Here’s the definition:

jujitsu

Martial art that employs holds, throws, and paralyzing blows to subdue or disable an opponent. It evolved among the samurai warrior class in Japan from about the 17th century. A ruthless form of fighting, its techniques included the use of hard or tough parts of the body (e.g., knuckles, fists, elbows, and knees) against an enemy’s vulnerable points. Jujitsu declined in the mid-19th century, but many of its concepts and methods were incorporated into judo, karate, and aikido.

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One Comment
  1. John,
    Testing for a black belt in Jujitsu – at your age 🙂 I am very impressed – in all sincerity. I actually earned a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do last year so I can understand where you are coming from.

    Tae Kwon Do is more about kicking and punching (mostly kicking), but our instructor is uniquely trained in self defense so once ina blue moon we get into the wrist locks and arm bars etc, but not enough to be proficient. My only hope against someone like you would be to not get into your range. We also do some weapons like Escrima sticks, and of course Bo staff. Again, neither enough to be proficient, but certainly enough to make it count in a self defense situation.

    My previous blog http://stu.blogs.com was more personal and I had some videos of me doing Escrima and also some short clips from my Black Belt test. I have since refocused my blog on Digital Photography so it is much less about me as it is more about one of my interest in DP.

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