I have been blessed to have trained with and under some incredible fighters, teachers, and mentors. Each and every one of them had stories. Some of violent pasts, others of incredible perseverance and prevailing against all odds.
Each has offered me a way to look deeper, with more purpose into what I was seeking. With time, failure, pain, and effort my understanding transformed from attempts to control that which is outside, that is the violence around us, to governance of that which is inside.
Knowing oneself within violence.