Pictured above is Mas Oyama. A karate master who founded Kyokushinkai Karate, considered the first and most influential style of full contact karate. How did I come to know of him? A free hour and access to the internet of course!
Oyama was the first person to complete the 100-man Kumite, an extreme test of physical and mental endurance in Kyokushin karate. Kumite literally translated means “grappling hands” and is one of the three main sections of karate training. The 100-man kumite consists of 100 rounds of kumite, each between one-and-a-half and two minutes in length, facing similarly or higher-ranked opponents. To put that in to perspective, including the 1 minute break between each opponent, you could spend anywhere up to 5 hours solid doing this! Oyama completed the 100-man kumite three times over three consecutive days, no mean feat.
I came to know of Kumite and subsequently Oyama himself after watching this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-cB1kyqkPk&t=22m35s.
Now what does all this mean and what did I take from it?
The human body and mind can endure a hell of a lot if you have the right drive and willpower to succeed. Kumite is an extreme example of physical endurance, Recruitment (stay with me on this one) is a test of mental endurance. A lot of time and effort is invested in to finding the right candidate and handling each individual process correctly. A whole number of things can go wrong or change during this time and it is your ability to adapt to these forks in the road that will make you a success.
Do not dwell on a lost candidate or a closed role, let it go and focus your efforts on any other positions you have open. Most importantly, don’t take it personally! Nothing will change by complaining or dragging your feet, if anything it will be detrimental to other potential placements you have on.
And for anyone looking for a new position, do not be disheartened if you are rejected for a role or don’t make it to interview stage.
Pick yourself up, brush it off and roll with the punches!
P.s, for anyone who’s interested, Jean Claud Van Damme stars in a damn fine piece of cinematography called Bloodsport (based on Kumite)!