Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs motivational theory identifies five needs all human beings experience in life. These needs are physiological, safety, belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. The synergistic function of these needs ignites the spark of energy required for Martial Arts, Management, and Leadership to transform into a methodology known as

The Martial Art of Management©.

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Behavior Elements

Conflict Management Strategy

Water 水


  • Use the LEARN technique

  • Implement the Active Listening technique. Seek first to understand, then be understood (Covey, 2004).

  • Implement “Rocks in a Stream” technique.

  • Implement “The Actions of One” technique

Earth 土



Fire 火


Air 空


Perception is NOT Reality

     There are three types of Reality: Your Reality, Other People’s Reality, and Martial Reality. Your Reality is your perception of the universe. Other People’s Reality is their perception of the universe. Martial Reality is the actual state of all matter, space, and time, based on empirical laws authenticated through observations and experiments. This Reality is void of theoretical ideas and misguided perceptions. Martial Artists consistently test their perceptions against Martial Reality to improve their understanding of their Reality.


     Example 1: One morning, a Satellite Installation General Manager observed four Installation Technicians, huddled together around the hood of one of the four service vehicles, parked at a convenience store parking lot. His initial perception was that they were “hanging out” and not traveling to complete their individually assigned work orders. He drove up to the parking lot and asked them if they needed help with anything. One of the technicians responded by stating that they were integrating their work orders to figure out how to re-distribute service routes by zip code so that they can complete their work orders more efficiently and better serve customers. The Installation General Manager was so impressed with his crew; he bought them lunch that day. He also integrated their technique into the routing process for all Installation Technicians at the facility. In this example, the Installation General Manager tested his perception with Martial Reality by utilizing deductive reasoning to formulate a logical conclusion.

     Example 2: Nikko believes that proper rest, a consistent exercise regimen, and healthy eating habits will result in her aging successfully. Paul believes in eating whatever he wants and exercising when he is able will result in aging successfully. Which perception is valid? Several gerontology case-studies have proven both perceptions to be valid. Some long-term case-studies revealed that Nikko's perception increased the likelihood of older women being free of disease and disabilities. On the other hand, other long-term case studies revealed that older men aged 100 years and older ate what they wanted and continued to smoke.


     A Martial Artist understands that a person's perception is simply that person's reality. The concept of continuous improvement states that a person should question his or her perceptions to improve themselves. Applying this concept may prove perceptions as being valid or invalid. Regardless, each perception is that person's reality, and to continuously improve oneself; a person should frequently test their perceptions. Regulating the intensity of a person's Positive or Negative Passion is crucial to controlling the Fire behavior. Four elements must be present for a fire to exist: 1. A fuel source; 2. A heat source; 3. Oxygen, and 4. A chemical chain reaction. By removing one or more of these elements, a fire cannot exist. In the workplace, a fuel source could be the "High-School" behavior from a manager. The ego of another manager could represent a heat source. Oxygen could be the organizational culture allowing managers and employees to behave in an adolescent manner. The chemical chain reaction could be the negative/positive passion reaction from an employee towards the overall workplace environment.

This ZOOM-Based seminar provides a comprehensive model for real-world applications for all business industries.

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