Sparring is an essential part of any competitive martial art. It is the reality check, the pressure test, and often a humbling experience that exposes your limitations and the holes in your game.
"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth," said Mike Tyson famously. Done right, sparring offers the opportunity to get punched in the mouth in a relatively safe environment.
What is good for boxing should be fine for other aspects of life too. This website is an attempt to connect "sparring partners" to test ideas, concepts and experiments on for improved health, a successful career, and a happier life.
My name is Fabian. I am close to 40 years old, originally from Germany but living in Hong Kong for more than a decade.
I am a trained economist, started out my career as and entrepreneur, later turned manager, managing different Hong Kong subsidiaries of European toy companies.
I am ambitious and competitive, with an immense hunger to understand the world and what moves it. At the same time I am painfully aware of my limits and shortcomings.
I take huge inspiration from the Quantified Self Movement and self-optimizers like Tim Ferriss. Truth to be told, though, many ideas look far easier in books and despite my best intentions, I constantly struggle to keep up with morning routines, diets, meditation practices and all the other “essential habits of the most successful people.”
Life-Sparring.com is my attempt to improve my chances in the uphill battle against my own mediocrity. By “sparring” with people from different walks of life, cultures, and professions, I hope to sharpen my “life game” and hopefully yours too.