Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Test Yourself

Once you have acquired the skills, you must test them on an opponent, but in no way should you consider victory or submission to be a cause for shame or pride.  Rather, you ought to think, "By what means did I defeat him?"  Or, "By what means could I have defeated him?"  Then you exert and test yourself for a while.

-- Qi Jiguang (1528 - 1588), Ming dynasty Chinese military general who defended China against wokou pirates and reinforced the Great Wall against Mongol incursions; author of several military manuals which have been widely read in China, Korea, and Japan; Jixiao Xinshu (1560; 1584) Chapter 14: The Chapter on the Fist Canon and the Essentials of Nimbleness

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