hey, The driving set of goals behind my wanting to take martial arts include: fitness, although i already lift weights & jog 5 days a week, its a different kind of fitness IMO, the flexibility and stuff. I never felt as physically fit as when i was doing karate. Self defence is also a factor, although i think i'm already more than able to defend myself on the streets against your average 'person who may wish to inflict bodily harm on me', i guess its a matter of being more in shape to defend myself. Thirdly and probably most importantly to me, i'm having a son in about 4 months, and I want to establish a connection with something positive that will benefit him when he is old enough. I spent my late teen years running the streets , smoking weed and stealing. I don't want the same for him, Martial Arts is something that will encourage health, respect & discipline.
As for my interest in tradition; It sounds silly,but my interest in martial arts started with growing up on alot of Shaw Bros & Jackie Chan movies, and the whole Shaolin thing has always appealed to me, although i'm much more interested in Japanese history these days, and try to read as much as i can.
It's all good now, I plan on resuming my Isshinryu training, as i figure a good teacher is more important than anything else, and my Isshinryu teacher was awesome. Bruce Hyland in Melbourne Australia, in case you're interested.
In addition to that, i'll also be training 3-4 hours on a saturday with my BJJ friend, so hopefully i'll take something out of that,.