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If there is one thing I love it is martial arts I have always been amazed by martial arts movies and hand to hand combat Even as a kid I would always be playing some kind of fighting game with my friends I never thought back then that it would turn into a passion and give me some of my most unforgettable memories I have always been somewhat active in martial arts but I got very serious when I reached my first duty station Okinawa Just as I was looking for a place to go train lightly for nothing more than a workout my friend introduced me to Okinawan karate I was amazed with this full contact sport Actually for most of these people it was more of a way of life than just a sport Training was very rough here compared to many of the other places I have seen I trained at the dojo for about 6 months before the teacher put me up in my first tournament The tournament was going to be a local tournament and in my class there was only going to be 16 fighters I was entered in as middle class heavyweight even though I only weighed 170 pounds That is considered heavy weight for the Japanese I trained long and hard everyday not knowing what to expect I have had exhibition matches before but never had gone full blast against an opponent The day came and I was as prepared as I could have been The first match was probably the hardest to get through I was severely nervous Probably at least a hundred set of eyes fixated on every move I made Even before the referee started the fight I felt worn out The starting went so slow I forgot everything I knew and didnt know how to attack Somehow after the opponent made the first move everything seemed to just flow I
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