I have seen threads like this on other boards and they piqued my curiousity. I know of at least one other board member (Alphie) who has martial arts experience. I have seen her at tournaments a few times and we've talked briefly. So, I am wondering: -Who else here has experience? -How long have you been training? -At what age did you begin training (and end it if that is the case)? -In what style(s) have you trained? -What rank(s) did you achieve? I own and operate a martial arts school, so obviously martial arts are a passion for me. Here are my answers: -I am coming up on 20 years of continuous training in a couple of months. -I began training at age 11 when my mom invited her co-worker and her husband over to our house for dinner. Her husband had a part-time martial arts school that he operated at night. I started training w/ him a few weeks later and kept going until I left for college and came back off-and-on throughout school. We still meet for lunch now and again and I still consider him my teacher although the relationship has changed over the years. -I began in Tang Soo Do (very similar to Tae Kwon Do) in 1990. I began training in Hapkido (roughly the Korean version of Aikido w/ joint locks, throws and chokes, but also w/ kicks and punches) w/ the same instructor in 1995. I began training in Okinawan Goju-Ryu (a hard-style traditional karate) in 1997 when I went to college. I recently began training in Matayoshi Kobudo (Okinawan weapons, think Ninja Turtles) in 2006. -Tang Soo Do: 5th Dan Okinawan Goju-Ryu: San Dan (3rd degree) [I am scheduled to test for Yon Dan (4th degree) in June 2010] Hapkido: 2nd Dan Matayoshi Kobudo: San Kyu (Brown Belt) If anyone else would like to share, that would be great.