Just curious if there are any other martial artists about and what it is you do.
I started off in Shotokan Karate at a young age then fell in love with a Wing Chun class at 14 and have been a lazy, on-off student for about 12 years. I had the good fortune to work around the corner from my instructor for around six months over the summer which resulted in a huge amount of free private training in a back alley which would have otherwise bankrupted me
Due to university and evening work my training has been rather scarce recently. I have a wooden dummy and a partially interested friend to help me through the slow times.
I've long since abandoned self defense as the driving force behind my love of the martial arts. I don't cope well with the gym and I've never got around to properly learning chess or Go, martial arts is a nice middle ground for me. I was of the opinion I should learn the full Wing Chun system thoroughly before jumping into something else but recently I've been feeling the need to experiment further. I tried out a few Aikido lessons and was rather taken, it seemed like many of the same principles of Wing Chun only applied in a completely different way - in grossly simple terms it was straight lines versus circles. The more I move away from the idea that I'm learning it to beat people up the more I'm tentatively taking steps towards finding a decent Tai Chi or Ba Gua class.
I do think it's set the mold for a lot of the other obsessions that I've gathered through the years. I had a revelation about 5 years ago when I found out you could kung fu tea and more recently I found out it's possible to kung fu my stubble!, in a sort of round about way.
Not sure if this should be in the Barbershop or here but as I equate it, like tea and shaving, as one of the finer things in life I thought I'd opt for here.