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"Art Of War" By Sun Tzu

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Have you ever watched a sport game and wondered how the team's amazing performance was possible? While it is true that the skills of individual players are a main reason, the strategy of the team is also a vital factor in deciding who will be victorious. The Art of War was written during the "Warring State" era in China by a brilliant general Sun Tzu. The book has taught people how to run an army in the past efficiently and it is still being studied by armies all over the world today. Despite of being written in China centuries ago, the Art of War's teachings are within our everyday life such as business, politics, and sports. Sun Tzu explains why and how certain aspects of war are necessary and also apply to sports in areas of preparation, interpret and countering your enemies, and leading your team.In a war, every battle has to be carefully planned before hand just like sports. The Art of War teaches us many ways to prepare for a battle even in modern sports. The team who "who takes position first at the battleground and awaits the enemy is at ease."(Sun 20) A team who is not prepared beforehand is doomed to fail since without preparation, the team would fall apart and panic under pressure. One of the most important aspects of preparing is the formation of the team. Many people believe that a good formation is vital for victory but according to the Art of War, a team should not confine itself to one formation. Sun Tzu believed that the "ultimate in giving form to the military is to arrive at formlessness." (Sun 23) When a team does not have a set formation, the opposing side cannot exploit a weakness in the formation because there is none. On the other hand, your team can find a weak point in their formation and use that to crush them. If you gave your team a formation that "prepare[s] the front [then] the rear has few" (Sun 22), if you "prepare the left [then] the right has few." (Sun 22) A formation that is secure on all sides does not exist; the enemy can always find a weakness in the formation. However, if a team does not have a formation then the enemy cannot find a weakness while that team can determine the weakness of their enemy. Preparation is one of the most important aspects in both war and sports which the Art of War teaches properly. If proper preparation is neglected, then the battle is already lost.Proper planning is crucial in order to achieve victory but it is also important to learn about your enemy and interpret the information to use that knowledge against them. For a sport team, information about the opposing team is just as valuable as a skilled player and it will lead to an easy victory. By learning about the enemy, one can find out beforehand how to counter their strategy and exploit their weaknesses. Hence it will give time to properly prepare the team. "One must first know the family name and given name of the defending general. His intimates, the steward, the gatekeeper, and attendants." (Sun 60) This translates to...

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