I noticed in the hobby thread, a lot of you mentioned martial arts of some sort. I used to do this as a kid. I got pretty serious about it, then my instructor moved across town and I, as a kid in Detroit, had no transportation. I found a new instructor, but he was way inexperienced and I became frustrated and quit. I picked it up again months later with the intention of getting serious about it once more, with a new style, and a new attitude. Before long (a year or two) my progress halted and I eventually gave up. Naren and everyone who's serious about Asian culture, I apologize for my lack of knowledge here. Please keep in mind that I know nothing about Asian culture, and that when I say something like "Ju Jitsu," I am, in fact, referring to what Americans call it, and not the real thing. I started pretty young with Tae Kwon Do, then moved to Tang Soo Do. I found a really good instructor who made his own style out of Ju Jitsu and Judo, with elements borrowed from other schools as well. I really got into it. The classes I liked best were Aikido. When I went to find a new dojo, I decided to search for "Aikido," since it was the name mentioned by my old teacher a lot, and time we were learning something I thought was cool. Going into this Aikido school of thinking was difficult. There were no longer belts other than white and black, there was a lot more seriousness, and the lessons were more abstract. I struggled, but perservered through the programme. Even though this was a much more authentic experience, my motivation diminished. And then I eventually stopped going. Part of the deciding factor was when some kid in highschool lunged at me with his fist. Without thinking, I grabbed his wrist and gave a graceful twist of the forarm and "pop!" I hadn't even realized anything had happened until the kid started screaming. Turns out I had popped his shoulder out of the socket and he was in a lot of pain. I apologized to him, even though he swung at me unprovoked, since my reaction was too much. His arm was fine after the gym teacher popped it back in and gave him one of those chemical cooling packs. I always felt kind of bad about this, since the guy was probably just horsing around, and I was a dick. Anyway, I went way the fuck off topic already What martial arts are you guys into?