Judo competition can be quite a challenging problem.
When on the mat we have to pull out the best of us, but to cultivate an art without really using it is like learning a foreign language and staying home.
If victory is simply considered the opponent’s defeat then it is easy to fall into a sort of egocentric circle. Victory should be considered going beyond oneself. For example if we learn to swim we go beyond our laziness. So winning does not mean to overcome an enemy but to have given our best.
The fact that we have to face opponents is secondary, what matters is where we stand and to consolidate our position seeking new goals.
For me this is real victory. If balanced it is the best food for our soul, but if overdone it becomes corrosive.
Once we reach the top we have to learn to leave the field with dignity. In other words once the podium we have been craving for has been reached we stop to compete.
Only in this way we will always have the wish to start over again. This is the secret of who is continuing to go through life phases.