Sparring the Prince of Persia: Therapy in Martial Arts is Ray M. Stanton’s journey from war to healing through Martial Arts. It is his wish that anyone suffering from PTSD read his story and become aware that there is healing. “Permanently Disabled,” the Veterans Administration told a man with a young, strong, agile body. His mind played debilitating tricks on him. One moment he was there. Another moment he was off, reliving the events of war inside his mind. At times he would be calm. At others, he found himself at the mercy of a racing heartbeat, pooling sweat; fidgeting, while trying to keep his head on a swivel.