We live in unsettling times. And yet, every day, I find myself part of a special community of individuals who care about one another and respect one another in the shared pursuit of self-betterment. Ironic that at the heart of what appears to be a place of violence, a martial arts studio, we find so much support and comfort; especially when the words of the greater world, though only worlds, sound so violent.
It is in that context, as I reflect upon this past school year, that I feel so incredibly lucky to be part of such a rich and caring community. New students quickly find their place amongst us, and returning students slide back in as if they had never left. Times change, faces change, but our goals and our strengths persevere. For that, I am eternally grateful.