This is the end, my friend.
Actually, the end was a little over a year ago, but it's taken me that long to write this. With the year about to close out, it seems like as a good a time as any to put to the final bow on this, tie it off, and move on.
Long story short: I had an epiphany about a year ago, in November, and decided to go to law school. I took tests, applied, and now am a student at Northeastern University School of Law. It's wonderful, and I'm loving it. It's also incredibly time consuming, and leaves me little or no time for much else. Certainly not for coaching, or for writing about coaching. Which honestly, is ok.
In keeping with the theme of this blog (or at least, its title), I must be honest: one of the things that stepping away from the martial arts has allowed me to do is to face up to some truths. One of those truths is that I have a lot of bitter feelings about the martial arts "community". I won't get into all of it, because it's not worth sharing, but I will say there is vast gulf between what most martial artists profess to do, and what they actually do. And I'm tired of a lot of it, and happy to have it out of my life. I do miss training, and will get back into more of it some day, but it will likely be as a student, and not as a coach. It will certainly not be as a profession.
I've deleted my Facebook account. It was originally created for professional reasons (I felt like I needed it to grow my business), and once it stopped serving that function, I found it really had little use to me. More importantly, it's a toxic environment that mostly served to lessen my respect for a number of people I called friends, and I don't need that in my life.
I have a lot of great memories of teaching and training, and some of my closest friends are those I've met through the martial arts. They are still a small part of my life, and will likely to continue to be...but it will be on my own terms, and on my own path.
I'm not sure what will happen to this blog. I won't be adding to it. I may leave it up, but I make no promises. If there is valuable information here that you want to keep, print it, copy it, or whatever, because if I take it down, this is your only warning.
It's all mine, for the record. Please don't take it and claim it as your own.
And...that's it, I guess. Any wisdom I might have is already on this blog. Go read it if you want it.
I'm bowing out.