I´m curious who of you is practicing martial arts and what style did you choose and why? What brought you into it and how long have you been practicing it?
And even if you don´t practice any martial art yourself maybe there´s something about it that fascinates you? Or you just like to watch martial arts movies or MMA fights?
I have been fascinated with martial arts since I was a kid (which kiddo didn´t like Bruce Lee and wanted to beat up bad guys?) but I only started about 10 years ago to actually take the first step of this neverending journey. I started with Wing Chun for about a year but then the “coach” (he wasn´t really into this traditional stuff and had a MMA background) quit over night so I had to look for something else. I was looking for something that didn´t require “exams/tests” for each level in order to advance (which in a lot of cases is just a money making model) and also something that was physically challenging so I ended up signing up at the local Muay Thai gym where I still practice, sometimes more sometimes less. Since it´s a very demanding style physically you can´t avoid injuries really and so I f*cked up my shoulder quite a bit over time which forced me to take it down several notches. I never did it to compete but more as a type of workout that has its roots in self defense which I´ve always been more into than competition.
Over time I also checked out some other styles like Jui-Jitsu (unfortunately the instructor also quit these classes because there weren´t enough people attending, I liked it a lot), Tai Chi for a more health based counter part to the intense Muay Thai (and even here the instructor who is a good friend of mine quit his classes because he left the country) and Iranian Kung Fu Toa. The latter was pretty interesting because it involved all kinds of techniques including various weapons but my working schedule back then didn´t allow regular training so I couldn´t get deeper into it.
Bruce Lee was my first contact with the physical aspect of Martial Arts when I was a kid and when I got older I also discovered his philosophical approach to the whole topic and fascinated me even more. Looking forward to your input and maybe some links to watch and recommendations of people who did their own thing despite practicing a more traditional style first (DK Yoo comes to mind here).