F*** You Buddy, So Long Sucker or Prisoners Dilemma

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Stories of the Way

John Nash games demonstrated that it was possible to create stability through suspicion and self-interest called the Nash Equilibrium

“The World Wonders”

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Stories of the Way

“The world wonders” was the message inadvertently sent in an encrypted transmission from US Admiral Chester Nimitz to Admiral William Halsey, Jr. on October 25, 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Admiral Halsey, was commanding Task Force 34 when he made the decision to pursue a Japanese decoy fleet and leave the landing beaches […]

Do not intend to Wound, but to Kill!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Stories of the Way

Its a frightening concept which seems to epitomise the worst of warfare. The saying is attributed to Miyamoto Musashi, regarded as one of the greatest Japanese sword masters and warriors, a survivor of over 60 duels (some famously recorded) and author of the Go no Rin Sho (the Book of 5 Rings) a popularised book […]

Finding a place of peace within the turmoil

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Stories of the Way

The practice of Aikido is not to overcome an attacker nor to try to avoid them. Rather it is to find that point of connection where the attacker cannot affect you. Zen Story#2 A man travelling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger chasing after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold […]

React or Respond … opens the Gates of Heaven or Hell!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Stories of the Way

Zen Story#1 A samurai visited the Zen monk Hakuin for instruction and asked: “Is there really a heaven and a hell?” “Who are you?” inquired Hakuin. “I am a samurai”, the warrior replied. “You, a soldier!” sneered Hakuin, “What kind of ruler would have you as his guard? You look like a beggar”. The samurai immediately became […]

Having the power … of Acceptance

Posted by on Feb 17, 2011 in Stories of the Way

Aikido practitioner and dispute resolution author, Tom Crum, tells this charming story of the power of acceptance in his book, “The Magic of Conflict“: My wife and I once had our early morning mediations punctuated daily by the sound of an automobile horn announcing to our neighbour that his ride to work had arrived.  I […]

Now it is proven! Draw last, draw fast.

Posted by on Feb 13, 2011 in Stories of the Way

Warriors throughout history have dueled for survival. Often evenly matched with the same sword or gun, yet one survived and one died. Which was better, to draw first or last? To get the advantage of reaching for the gun, or drawing the sword first? The “first strike” capability.  Or to stay relaxed (but alert) and […]

No hands fighting

Posted by on Feb 9, 2011 in Stories of the Way

The story is told of an actual 16th Century Japanese warrior named Tsukahara Bokuden, and his art of “mutekatsu“, or “no hands fighting”. Bokuden, like many samurai warriors of that time, was traveling around Japan to test his martial skills. One day, when crossing Lake Biwa on a ferry boat crowded with passengers, he was challenged […]