I was introduced to the martial arts when I was seventeen. I took to it immediately. Within a few short years I had earned a Black Belt, a few years later I earned my Second Degree Black Belt, and a few years after that I earned my Third Degree Black Belt.
But somewhere around the Third Degree Black Belt I started to feel like something was missing — it reminded me of a feeling I’d had as a young boy, curious about the interconnectedness of things and people — curious about life. Finally feeling confidence in my ability to defend myself physically, I knew there was more to the martial arts. I just didn’t know what it was.