(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 5 - combined energy

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At it's most basic, the pool table is a small battlefield. An excerpt from "The Art of War" is provided with how it applies to the competition between opponents.

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Chapter 5 - Energy

The clever combatant looks to the effect of combined energy, ...

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The clever combatant looks to the effect of combined energy, and does not require too much from individuals. Hence his ability to pick out the right men and to utilize combined energy. When he utilizes combined energy, his fighting men become as it were like unto rolling logs or stones. For it is the nature of a log or stone to remain motionless on level ground, and to move when on a slope; if four-cornered, to come to a standstill, but if round-shaped, to go rolling down. Thus the energy developed by good fighting men is as the momentum of a round stone rolled down a mountain thousands of feet in height. So much on the subject of energy.

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The Intelligent player carefully rations his energy. He must maintain the same focus and intention throughout the match. He is careful to move slowly and not rush any action, no matter how simple. When given an opportunity to relax or take refreshment or sustenance, he takes full advantage. Then, when it is most needed to sustain the final effort, he has the strength and the reserves to complete the match successfully.

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