When, how, and why I became a martial artist
Looks and sounds like you have amazing self-control and balance with grace and strength. Developing such mastery of the body is admirable. Loved this: "I will also spill all my damsel-to-dangerous beans across these pages in case my decades of being a recovering nice girl, people pleaser, and abuse victim/survivor can offer up any valuable nuggets for someone else’s journey."
Great piece, I liked the question and answer format.
I don’t do it anymore, but when people found out I did boxing, they would give me stupid fighter nicknames and ask me silly, “so you wanna fight” questions as well. So it was interesting to read about your experience of that.
Have you found that your martial arts training helped with your dance and vice versa. I found that doing boxing - especially the training - helped with my skateboarding (which I still do to this day).