We all need positive human connections.
No matter how much we think we do not, or wish we did not, there is simply no way around this truth of our existence.
We are not meant to be alone, whether by choice or by circumstance.
We need others.
We need to feel as if we belong.
We need to feel as if we are needed and wanted.
We need to feel as if we are useful and contributive.
And, as much as we need this from others, others need this from us as well.
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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