Tony is a highlands local and owner of Pure Jiu Jitsu Southern Highlands.
What a story..!
I was sooooo not expecting it. I mention to most guests that I try not to prepare too much. I prepare enough to know what I can converse about if the conversation isn’t really going anywhere but not enough that I loose elements of discovery and intrigue. In this conversation it would never have mattered.
From the outset Tony was incredibly honest and sincere. He told his story with bravery and integrity and with a contentment that only comes from people who have faced their adversity and conquered it.
Tony found martial arts after struggles with drugs and alcohol. Through martial arts he found passion and love and a meaning for life he didn’t have before.
I can see a lot of myself in Tony. I haven’t been to the depths that he has but I know people who have, and I’ve given the party life a fairly good shake, so I have a certain understanding about his trials and tribulations.
Since the podcast went live I’ve had a couple of people tell me that this is my most interesting podcast so far. Whether or not it is, I’ll leave to you, but I can tell you that I’m a better person for having the conversation and doing this podcast.
If anything, through telling Tony’s story, my redemption becomes clearer.