Before I was a martial artist and a PT I was a musician. Music has always been a major part of my life; from hours and hours locked away in my room playing guitar, to building my own guitars, earning a degree in Music Technology and working in recording studios as an engineer. My focus shifted to fitness when I moved to Australia, but music is, and always will be there.
I've always seen music and martial arts as being analogous to one another and I approach them both in the same way. You're learning a language and making it your own! In both pursuits you first learn the basics; you might learn 4 chords and only in a certain order, then as you progress you learn to improvise and tailor what you know to suit you. You weave in between the notes. You find your sound.