The answer is on the floor. It’s a phrase I’ve heard Shihan John Roseberry repeat many times over the years. To him, it was a simple idea: In combat sports and martial arts, if you have a question about a technique or whether a combination works, or even be attempted at all, one could sit, and talk or debate the answer for hours, days, weeks, months or years. You could talk about it forever and never know for sure.
The answer is on the floor, get out on the training floor and figure it out, (through work?) work it out. You’ll learn what works for you in general, and what is effective for you without a doubt.
What I never expected from this simple phrase is how it would apply to other parts of my life outside the dojo. Some of the problems facing the veteran community have their answers on the floor. As studies have shown ( Research & References) exercise can and does help individuals dealing with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and as well as dealing with self-harm and/or suicidal thoughts.
Appropriate counseling and therapy should always be sought, but some of the answers for how to deal with these issues can be found by stepping out onto the training floor. The act of exercise releases feel good chemicals into the brain, and the shared hardship of training, experiencing blood sweat and tears along side others creates bonds and naturally creates a platform where a support network can form. An active and solid support network in life regularly results in successful individuals, and this is particularly true for veterans especially.
If you have questions, the answer is on the floor. Shihan Roseberry knew what he was talking about, get out and go train your body and mind, you’ll find your answers there.