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Taking Care of Myself
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jebra From: jebra Date: April 29th, 2004 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
You are a judoka.

Not in the traditional sense, of course. Still, one of judo's primary tenets is that of "maximum efficiency." This is reflected in the application of the minimum amount of effort to accomplish ones goal. In the context of the dojo, this means using a technique that is minimal to throw/pin/joint-lock your partner.

When I was a still an active judoka, I was a teaching assistant and often did public demonstrations. After talking briefly about judo's history and underlying philosophies, we'd demonstrate some judo techniques. This usually involved setting up a confrontation, then demonstrating the use of judo in handling the situation. The first technique we demonstrated, and the one we explained in the greatest detail, was the technique we called "leaving." It consisted of turning away and going somewhere else. Minimum effort, maximum efficiency.

In your case, I see it being expressed as a form of "social judo." You're putting forth enough effort to get the results you want and no more. You're defining the situations where you're comfortable and sticking to those situations.

Stepping aside while others rush by is a classic maneuverer of judo -- don't feel like you have to apologize for your mastery of this art.
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