So, long story long, but not as long as it could be, I'm a complete failure so far at following through with my goals, be they ever so small. I've tried a lot of various 'goal-setting' sorts of things, but I'm here to try something new. Why it never occurred to me to reach out to like-minded martial arts enthusiasts is beyond me:bang:. I mean, seriously. I don't even know you guys yet, but I love ya, and I look forward to sharing my progress with you. Just so you know, this is going to be my training journal as it relates to traditional kung fu practice. That means lots of horse stance and horse stance related activities (HA that sounded too much like Hank Hill), standing and sitting meditation, forms, and other various drills. I'll present little bits of myself, my past, my knowledge, and my goals, as we go along. One of my goals is to not present you, the reader, with an unconquerable wall of text in any single post. So before I wrap things up for today, I'll just let you in on one of my major martial arts goals. It's the most easily accessible, the most well-defined, and the allows for the most straight forward training regimen. Big Major Super Duper Kungfu Goal #1 To become a champion professional prize fighter in a major mixed martial arts venue. This goal is unique, because though there are plenty of prize fighters out there, I'm under the impression that traditional martial artists have not done so well in the sport. Speaking very broadly here, when I see a traditional martial artist actually go toe-to-toe with someone in the ring (or otherwise), he or she simply throws all that training out the window and ends up with the typical brawler/kickboxer/grappler style, swinging madly with one or two sloppy kicks and a shot thrown in for good measure. An MMAist would then call this the evolution of martial arts (just kidding). (... not really) But I refuse to believe that people are unable to handle themselves elegantly in combat. I'm not trying to be some sort of elitist here and get into an argument about which 'style' is better, mine or the other guy's, but I do believe that too many people are either ignorant of the traditional methods, or have thrown them out the window in favor of modern techniques. Modern martial arts lend themselves to expediency in the combat arena, I'll give them that; but whoever said that expediency leads to mastery? More thoughts on this later. Thanks for reading! Please, feel free to introduce yourself if you wish to be little martial arts pen pals, because I would a pen pal or two!