Ok, here's a question that's sure to rub some people the wrong way. I know a lot of people who have turned to IMA after being tired of/injured from trying external arts. I've heard them praise IMA for being more practical and healthier than the arts they previously practiced. But I have to say I am sometimes a bit jealous. You see I have never done external MA (well, not seriously), so I don't have anything to base it all against. I have to admit I find it all a bit strange, with their funny costumes, all that bowing and the knuckle pressups, but I think "why knock it if I haven't tried it?". How do I know that taiji and bagua are so great? So to be true to myself I should look into it and see if I dig the idea of hitting bricks and stuff. What do you reckon - should I try something like wing chun, which is at least a little familiar, or should I have a go at karate or tqd, and resist the temptation to fajing my way through my first sparring session? I imagine a series of guide books/articles - EA written by an IMA person: "My experience fighting building materials", or IMA by an EA person "Hey, flower child - you really think you can kick my ass with THAT?!" Just to make sure I don't get death threats - don't take the above comments seriously. I actually AM curious though.