Just seen a couple of people say they do MA in a few threads so thought i'd make this one. I've done about 8 months of Wing Chun and Chen style Tai-Chi before moving on to Jeet Kune Do (concepts) for the last 6 months which is a mix of Boxing, Muay Thai, grappling and Kali (Filipino stickfighting). I found Wing Chun a lot of fun and the principles were sound, I just didn't like the length of time it takes to get to the point where you can use it effectively, and even then I had my doubts about it as a complete and effective MA. Tai-Chi takes 10 years to get to the point where you can really use it effectively, but the health benefits are immediate, I just couldn't afford to keep it up. Long-term I know it's one of the most effective MA's out there though many people are under the illusion it's not a fighting art and just 'exercise'. You just need to find a good teacher who teaches it as a MA.. With JKD I find that it covers almost every aspect of what I want to learn as well as being immediately appliable, and I have a great teacher who is heavily into the psychology aspect of fighting too, he's no thug, in fact to look at him you'd not think him 'hard' (same as with most dangerous people). Kali is amazing too, useful learning how to wield some weapons should the need (god forbid) ever arise. I enjoy it immensely, and my self-confidence has been given a nice boost from learning how to handle myself better, and through that i've also found that the average knobbos on a night out tend not to give me any grief because I carry myself better, I just look more confident. I highly reccommend taking up an MA to anyone looking for short and long-term health benefits. The reason i'm doing it is not to 'get hard' as I hate fighting (for real), I just decided last year that it was my duty to learn how to protect my future family should the need ever arise in an increasingly dangerous world. If me, my future missus and child are ever in danger I don't want to be one of the guys who stands there helpless while me or my loved ones are attacked. There's so many MA's I want to try too (mainly internal arts like Xing-Yi and Baji), there's just not enough time or money to spare. What martial arts do you do and why do you do them? Discuss them here, and no crapping the thread please with what you deem humorous jokes about made-up martial arts or Bruce lee etc etc, lets keep the discussion friendly and intelligent. EDIT - Apologies, didn't know there was a sports section, doh.