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A while back I wrote about breathing being an automatic routine. I just recently had the chance to think about something else that I think is important to put into the routine of practice: compassion. It was during a 2 person attack in which Mike and Angiel were attacking me and eventually Mike was able to get to me and put me into a submission hold. It became more difficult to breath and I was literally reduced to doing nothing more but staying still. I was trapped. Arms were locked to my sides. This feeling lasted a few seconds until Mike realized I had no way out. So he let go. It was precisely in that moment I realized that one should train not to destroy but rather train with the kind of compassion that leads to mutual victory.