I have often wondered why I like people I play sports with when half the time, especially in martial arts, we are hurting each other. In Taekwon – Do much like other martial arts we have sparring as an event in our competitions. During these 2 minute rounds we brutalize each other for the entire time. In some instances it’s necessary to get into a very strange state of mind where I developed a very palatable hate for the other fighter. I need to in order to win. Yet as soon as the referee stops the action and it’s finally over, all the tension, anger, hate and hard feelings floods out. Then in floods a rush respect and friendship. It’s like each bout is an emotional cleanse.
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