Hello, I've reached quite far in martial arts despite more than 15 years of exposure with almost no support of my parents. I began with sport oriented karate in. My parents were supportive at first. But sports karate proved nothing to me when I was in trouble in the streets. Hence I abandoned it. A year later, I began to take an interest in kung fu and other martial arts which are more traditionally centred. My dad was neutral about this but my mom was against it. After 2 years, I had to take a pause due to high school exams. After high school, I resumed but forced to abandon (parents pressure) due to an arm injury during my first yellow belt exam which caused me to fail. I began to undertake a rebellious attitude towards things in life till I had to rebel against my parents so that I could resume again. My sensei was supportive despite that I did not pay the fees until I began to work. I used to take a break from martial arts training due to higher studies. Now, it is due change of lifestyle that I have to take a break from martial arts. The biggest problem is that from my downfall to my rise in martial arts, I undertook that path alone. Had my parents motivated me and encouraged me, I would already have been a black belt. On top of that, I have to conceal pocket knives and nunchakus. My mom already confiscated my knives despite that I hid them. The real reason for me to buy these kind of weapons is not only to enhance my knowledge in martial arts but also to keep my house safe and secure. By the time the police will intervene, I will already die if I keep relying on them. Unfortunately, my parents want me to remain a coward in life! For the moment, I'm keeping martial arts at arm's length due to temporary work issues but will definitely continue after they are solved. So, how far were your parents supportive of you in martial arts?