Is competition required to bring out the highest skill levels in a martial artist? I'm not talking about sparring in class. I'm also not talking about competing to win, per se. What I mean is, does a martial artist who aspires to reach the utmost in their craft REQUIRE stepping outside of their comfort zone, and is competition the best way to do that? If not, how?
"In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin