Well, I've just put a few posts in, but I thought I'd stop and say "Hello" anyway as I'm new here!!! I've 16 years experience with Combat Sports, including... - Seido Karate under Sensei Roger Thyer-Jones - Seidokan Karate under Sensei Professor Stephen Chan - Shotokan (though only for a year) - Judo - Fencing (mainly epée) I've also studied (practically and academically) elements of Western Boxing, Kung Fu, JKD, Ju Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Kendo and Escrima. Beyond that, I have a strong knowledge of fitness and strength training and sports diets. Which may sound like a lot, but the more you get into martial arts, the more you realise quite how much a beginner you are! My philosophy regarding technique and training is a pragmatic one: "Retain what is useful, discard what is not" - a la Bruce Lee. I currently train solo about 6 hours a week: due to personal issues I'm not able to find a suitable club locally.