Inktober 2021 Day #7: FAN. I’ve often said that PMD is my alter ego, that he’s a manifestation of some of the crazier parts of my Brain that I otherwise don’t let out for one reason or another. He’s also a window into my inspirations, my interests, and other aspects of who I am. I’ve been a martial artist since 1995, studying Shotokan Karate, but also branching out to dabble in various other arts like kung fu, tai chi, aikido, kendo, iaido, and jiu jitsu. My kung fu dabbling was nothing formal, just sparring and training with a friend decades ago and picking things up from books and videos while trying to gain a different perspective on my “base style” of Shotokan. I’ve always been drawn to the many different kung fu styles, and would love to delve deeper, especially with some of the animal and weapons forms. I’ve never learned to use fans, but it’s on the martial arts bucket list.