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What keeps me on the mat has in fact, got very little to do with self defence. It is much more about the ever-evolving complexity of the art; about the endless assortment of problems coming down the pipeline each and every day we train.
What keeps me on the mat is the desire to become a better, more capable and more adaptive learner; to develop a deeper appreciation of complex problem-solving; for the pure challenge of it; and the opportunity to develop mental and physical robustness.
The landscape inhabited by grapplers is an ever-changing and extraordinarily challenging one. The very fact that we willingly choose to step onto it, is testament to the human desire for self development. May all of you reap such rewards from the Magnificent Scuffle, as do I.