Joy is what we seek.
But, we cannot experience joy if we do not have a sense of safety, security, and comfort in our lives.
Fear is the thief of our sense of safety.
Fear is the thief of sense of security.
Fear is the thief of sense of comfort.
Fear is the hinderer of joy.
Our only hope of experiencing joy is to face our fear, to move through it, and to overcome it.
Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.
Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Kogen Dojo Self Defense Academy where he teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
All photos by Robert Van Valkenburgh unless otherwise noted.*
*Robert Van Valkenburgh’s black and white photography can be seen at My Darkness To Light
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