I’ve found what is most fulfilling in my life is by far the most difficult. Raising children, one of whom is disabled, has simultaneously brought me more heartache and joy in equal measure than I thought possible to experience. Striving to succeed as a writer has me chewing my fingers to nubs when I’m not possessed by the ecstasy of inspiration. And jujutsu has both imbued me with euphoria greater than that provided by the hardest drugs and revealed to me some of the rarely pleasant truths of my nature.
Jujutsu is a lens through which a practitioner can rigorously examine him- or herself. It is a difficult art and when pursued will reveal one’s strengths and weaknesses—and such revelations can be uncomfortable, even disturbing. The up side is jujutsu also provides the means to evolve, to progress in an ever-greater realization of one’s sublime nature. Yeah, right, you say. That’s cool; I often say that. Yeah, right. Skeptics validate what is true. If beliefs can’t stand up to scrutiny, then they should be discarded. That is why I invite you to try jujutsu, really try it: train hard with a good teacher for six months or a year. If you don’t feel a tingle of something transcendent within you, then hit me up and I’ll buy you a sushi dinner, sake included. Although at this writer’s wage, you may have to spot me.
“In the void is virtue, and no evil.”