I train because every session reminds me that I'm not a bad ass. Oh yeah, and I might be a little sadistic.
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Chicks dig it.
Because every good gentleman should know how to handle himself in a fight.
And because I'm awesome. And fighting for fun and learning real martial arts is part of what awesome people do. Some of us have warrior in our blood, and we feel the most alive in these moments. When I meet a good fighter and I'm being beaten senseless, and my heart and mind and body come together and the whole world fades away and I have no other reality except to summon every ounce of myself to explode back into that mans face and destroy him, those are the moments I feel most at peace.
I train to keep my eye in- so to speak. Timing and conditioning are valuable when they are honed.
Having said that, my body is junk. one heavy throw ( I am a judo beginner) and I can hardly walk for 2x weeks!...hmm.
Started to train for self defence and to defend my family, stayed for the brother/sisterhood and friendship
I started at a kid because of Ninja Turtles. Then it became fun in its own right. So, I didn't stop.
I started to train because I thought that I should know how to fight. I continue because I enjoy it and learn something new every day.
I started as a kid because I though Bruce Lee and the Ninja Turtles were cool, plus my dad wanted we to be involved in sports, and I didn't like organised ones. I stayed with it because I thought it beneficial to know how to fight, or restrain people as I learned in the Marines. Now I do it to stay fit, and keep the pints at bay.