Perhaps it was due to having athletic parents and a brother two years older than me that I developed into a child that could adapt quickly to any sport. With fast reflexes and good coordination, games quickly became more about the strategy involved for me rather than trying to achieve competence in the necessary physical movements.
Football (soccer), tennis, and swimming were the sports I spent the most time on when I was younger, but it wasn’t until I was 18 that I first took up the martial arts.
I went to a university which was well known for its sporting achievements and decided it was time to embark on something new. I had seen the big boxing matches on TV growing up, and although I felt that it would be something I could be good at, boxing never really appealed to me.
The idea that there could be a “winner” who still received multiple head shots during the bout didn’t make much sense, which is why I guess I was drawn to kung fu – where the master is portrayed as someone possessing such superior skill to their opponent that they could not only win easily, but win without taking any damage. This seemed like a real challenge, a worthy pursuit with uncertain outcomes.