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Basic Risk Management By Damien Martin
Risk will always be part of our existence and is certainly an integral part of martial arts training. Most martial arts involve activities where strength, speed or skill is involved and will increase the level of risk to participants. Generally, participants willingly accept this increased risk.
Although there are these inherent physical risks that will remain as long as the martial arts are pursued, there are often other risks, such as business risks, or exercise related risks, which can be reduced or avoided with good risk management.
As individuals, instructors, business owners and even as a society we continually manage risk – usually unconsciously, but rarely systematically.
People think that risk management is a modern concept but the 15th century samurai Senjo (battlefield strategy) principles are a form of risk management process. Originally the management of risk was self-preservation, or prompted by a moral duty of care for others. In today's economic climate, legal and economic imperatives now provide a more powerful incentive.
The systematic management of risk is relatively new and the process has undergone considerable refinement as a modern management tool in order to cope with a more complex business environment, increased community expectations, and an increasingly litigious society.
Risk management is common sense. The complexity for the martial arts instructor lies in the diversity of styles, systems and types of martial arts available, the fact that each school is different as are the training activities to which it may be applied, and the human factors associated with interpretation and implementation.