How do you assess an certain object in an uncertain setting?
Lets say that you have decided to purchase a jian (a Chinese double-edged sword). Based on your "sword collecting" experience and some sword play training experience, you have already known that it is the lightest of the Chinese medium-sized weapons and requires a great "intent-driven" skill to manipulate.
The first step was the estimating of the weight, the length of the sword and the width of the blade in a New York second.
The next step is the visual inspection of the pommel, the tang, the slab, the cross guard and the blade.
Assessing the Sword By Physical Swordplay
/// # We preferred to methodically and mindfully assess any quality item that is exotic, exclusive and esoteric. Beside evaluating the sharpness and the weight of the blade, we have always examine whether the sword is properly balanced by checking whether the pommel supports the rear of the hand, is able to counterbalance the blade's weight while also inspecting the quality of the scab that covers the tang. # ///
Your deep training in most categories of swords and the act of unifying your mind-body, qi and spirit gave you the skill to mindfully manipulate this sword with zero effort by carefully holding the sword in stillness while focusing on the outpoint of the sword, before any physical motion begins. (You could read more on this subject matter by visiting our friends at Cook Ding's Kitchen. They have a stronger internal martial art background than we do. ... They are the specialists. We are just the martial arts newbies. ) ...
After a period of experimenting, you began to compare the experience of playing with this sword with the previous experiences of playing with the other similar swords. That requires a unique skill. Those who have tangible martial art skills and experience, know what we are discussing.
While some result-driven sword players are lucky that they are able to mindfully concentrate on their breathing, their balance and their rhythm, we preferred to focus our attention to the following five quality principles (or factors) while doing anything relevant:
- Centering the body;
- Relaxing the body;
- Connecting the whole body to the ground;
- Calming the body; and
- Feeling the body in a "whole/complete" perspective.
After that experience of 120 seconds of swordplay, you have realized that this sword by itself dominates nothing. It only comes alive through your skillful manipulation. . . . Playing with a sword or any object does not build character. It reveals the essence of the swordplayer. ... In some instances, each action is an unified extension of the mind, the body and the spirit. . . . Mastery of real skills requires a sound and solid direction and many quiet sessions of mindful and insightful practices.
In my case, i usually preferred the utilization of an exotic pen over a sword in certain situations. Our other associates preferred the balance of both implements.
Comment From The Compass Desk
Because of the speed of the technology and the basic emotional behavior pattern to decide immediately, some members of the masses have a tendency to be deceived by obvious frauds. ... Whether you are assessing the purchase of a sword, an automobile or a sandwich, do you realistically assess the quality of any items before buying it? ... The extra step could de-accelerate the act of immediate gratification. Ensuring that the deception has a hidden negative affect. That might have a value price of lost time and lost resources. ... So, who do you trust? Trust yourself. ... Assess, Position and Influence. ...
"A snitch of time saves nine."
The avoidance of many "trial and error" sessions and the possibility of macro negative risk-consequences could occur by being strategically mindful in one's decision to assess.
One only assesses when he/she cares about their own current situation and do not trust the projected certainty of their grand situation. (Compass Rule 101)... Think about it. ...
- Reading and recognizing the criticalness of one's grand situation and beyond.
- Knowing the configuration and the connectivity of the situation before deciding on the factors that influence the situation.
- Performing various degrees of scenario modeling before deciding.
Theoretically, it is that simple. ... Tactically, the mastery of those three pointers usually required a large range of concentration and practice. Do you have it? If so, are you willing to improve on those skills?
Do you really display a serious sense of care and concern on your daily habits and tasks or any relevant task/objective?. ...
Assessing anything relevant means that one must be methodical by style while being mindfully aware of the influences that affected him or her, the terrain and whatever is beyond those points.
Think about it. .. .Good luck. ...
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Side note: There are more specific steps to assessing a Chinese double edged sword. We will publish it in our future "Strategic Assessment" book. For more information on learning the basics of swords, please visit sword forum. It is a great place to learn about swords. ... Some of us are occasional visitors of that informative site.