When I was about 15, I participated in my first full-contact tournament. I was much younger and smaller than my opponents and I took second place. I gained valuable experience and ended up winning the next three or four tournaments that I entered. Not long after I was drafted and went to fulfill my military service obligation. After the Army I came back to Taipei and began teaching students. I felt that the fighting competitions were a kind of "proving ground," and that winning full contact tournaments showed you what it takes skill-wise to become a teacher.
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