It's finally finished and viewable on youtube. Not exactly what I had in mind, but nothing ever is. There are a few adjustments I would still like to make, but nothing drastic will change between this version and the ones that will follow.
Thank you for all the support and being patient waiting to see the film. It's amazing to think of the past years work on this and all the stresses of planning, preparation and expenses. I literally could not have done this with out your support.
With that said, I would just like to take a moment to preface this film with a bit of my own philosophy. Martial arts, for me, has been monumental in my life. I would not be the man I am today without it, and it will forever influence the people in my life. I have always been blessed training with people who challenge me. Whether they are stronger, more technical, or posses charm I can't help but envy, I am better because of these individuals.
If there was one important element I wanted to represent, it is the parallel between humility on the mat, and humility off the mat. There is nothing more rewarding to me to share my knowledge with others, a pride felt in the joy of seeing eyes light up in a eureka moment of understanding and excitement. Life is full of lessons. And like fighting, sometimes the best thing to do is accept that you can't force your way through something. The shortest distance between two points is a line, but in time, even rivers bow.