A mile wide and a half-inch deep

Martial arts has always been an important part of my life...in theory. In fact, the only thing more challenging that martial arts study, is trying to maintain some sort of coherent study while moving 11 times in 10 years (assuming you count temporary moves). Apart from some periods of exceptionally poor health, I've always studied something, but the something has changed many times based on local availability. Due to the irregularity of my study, and probably at least somewhat owing to my irrational hang-ups about sparring, my martial arts background is about a mile wide and a half-inch deep. Sure, there are many arts on my "tried that" list, but the longest-studied received only a few months of my effort and attention. Some, I only have a few hours of exposure to as part of a larger retreat or event. I really like my new dojo here in Indianapolis, and hope to stay for the long haul. I want the experience and growth that comes with going beyond beginner levels. I want to challenge myself with something other than my ability to adapt to new learning environments, and getting over my fear of sparring for the 15th…

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