No Victory Without Sacrifice
By: Jake Kurzhals
In the deepest corner of your mind, you go. You drown out all the others, but one.
You intensely focus on how you are going to dominate your enemy.
You quickly go over set-ups and moves remembering every last detail down to your every breath.
You try to rummage up any and all anger you have in order to become like a predator hunting his prey.
You are up now and completely ready just like your opponent. Fweeeet! Goes the whistle.
Let the battle begin. You both go at it. Attack and defend it’s the ultimate game of chess.
The winner will be the one who is more explosive, who wants it more, and practiced the hardest.
After three gruesome periods the damage is done. You are victorious, but it was a well fought match.
You shake your opponents hand with great mutual respect. As the referee raises your hand you are full of pride.
Your years of training for only a few glorious minutes on the mat are over and well spent.