In order to train effectively, to be ready to compete at the right time, one must be able to dream out loud. They should share their dreams, concerns and passions with their fellow partners and coaches. They need to not fear judgment, and only work toward self improvement. This artist is always hungry for the input of others into their game. They remain open to instructive criticism from everyone as long as it makes them a better artist and improves their style.  

Every time they step out there, they try something new, knowing  even if it doesn’t work out, they are steps closer than they were before trying, just for getting their feet wet. They learn where to put their hands. Most importantly, if they get tapped five times in five minutes, they don’t get upset, they smile and ask questions.  They understand that it’s a learning process that takes years to master, not minutes on the mat. It takes more patience than receiving a degree in your average schooling program. They become more humble from time on the mat. Most of all They learn to see past their short coming into what can be and they evolve into their future selves.

Where there was not balance there becomes balance, where there is not peace, there becomes a peace. When people ask how this happened, all they say is, “we forget it all when we step on the mat, nothing else matters. It’s us and our partners, nothing else follows us for those few hours.”

Total calm ensues when we fight, it may look like mayhem, but we find peace in the storm.