I've been into martial arts practically my whole life. I've learned to use nunchaku, I (currently) practice boxing, jeet kune do, muay thai, and I do spar. I just recently started practicing buddhism (going on two weeks) and I've run into a bit of an obstacle. Non-violence. I'm not a violent person. Sure I've been in fights in my past, but I've never started one and I've never been into the idea of hurting someone. Of course I haven't practiced non-violence my whole life, so I have imagined and felt the urge to inflict harm but I've never acted on it and the changes I'm making now are to help stop thoughts like that from even arising. I've never viewed my practice in the arts as a weapon and in fact since I've started practicing them I've learned that the martial arts are truly intended to avert conflict (of course there are practitioners and teachers who feel differently but I disagree with unnecessary sentiments of violence). It's ALWAYS been about self discipline and genuine skill, it's not about winning or losing for me, but connecting with my opponent, be them friend or "foe" so to speak (in competition), so I feel like I could rationalize my practice myself (but I could probably rationalize anything to myself haha). So here I am, seeking outside opinion. Any thoughts? Could I still practice the arts and non-violence?