Law as a Martial Art
The fight is the thing.
I work to keep myself ready for battle at any moment, and my passion for martial arts and fitness helps to focus mind and body in that endeavor. I have training and competitive experience in various grappling forms, including Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestling, Aikido, Qin Na, Aiki-jutsu, Dumog, Systema, Combat and Sport Sombo, Glima, historical German Kampfringen and Ringenkunst, Judo, Combat Wrestling and Brazilian Jujutsu. My grandfather, uncles and father were all moderately successful professional and amateur boxers and trainers, but my arms were too short, so I was forced to pursue a path where short arms were not such a hindrance. In college, I was a nationally ranked heavyweight wrestler; over the years, I have held state, regional, national and international titles in Judo, Wrestling, Freestyle stick fighting, Combat Grappling and amateur Mixed Martial Arts competitions.
I enjoy testing and building my strengths.
I enjoy engaging in combat, pitting myself against adversaries and challenges. I enjoy these things, yet am not under the impression I will ever win a court case by engaging opposing counsel in a sword duel. Nor am I under the impression my size or strength can be used to intimidate prosecutors or other attorneys.
- Prowess (Valor, Excellence) I strive for excellence in all of my endeavors, martial or otherwise. I work to exemplify strength, used in the service of justice, rather than for personal glorification and gain. I use my physical, cerebral, and moral strength to fight tyranny over others. I am a protector, sworn to protect those who depend upon me, and honored to do so.
- Justice (Temperance) I seek to set aside personal bias in order to understand and follow the right path. I recognize the need for temperance along with justice, mercy along with might. I endeavor to make judgments that consider intent and interpretation alongside the “cold, hard facts.”
- Loyalty (Obedience, Faithfulness) I am known for my steadfast commitment to my word, my ideals and my people. Integrity is key, and compromise is never an option where loyalty is concerned.
- Courage (Integrity, Honesty) I am familiar with choosing the more difficult path in life, and accustomed to those choices coming with great personal expense. While I am prepared to absorb the losses which accompany courage, integrity and honesty, I always remember that stupidity and courage are cousins – pointless risk or sacrifice is not noble.