I was reminded at a recent event of the huge amount of camaraderie in combat sports. Having recently returned from a hiatus of competitive Brazilian Jiujitsu to focus more on Judo I ran into a bunch of people that I have not seen in years, only to pick up where we left off. Most friendly of all were my new friends that happened to be my opponents. I had an opportunity to meet someone on the mat that was just discharged from the Israeli Defense Force. As part of his discharge the IDF paid for a 3 month sabbatical and this tournament was his first stop! There is a beauty to the amount of humility that comes from doing martial arts and its community. I have found that it will vet out arrogance or temper it.