Thanks to everyone who participated in last week's poll about gradings and promotions! I enjoyed the insight into the practices of other schools and styles. Unsurprisingly, the most popular policy seems to be a formal grading exam. What I found most interesting was how many teachers seem to mix and match different ideas about promoting students, creating unique blends of requirements. This week's question is a more personal one. How has martial arts training affected your lifestyle? Since you started practicing a martial art, have you started exercising more? Changed your diet? Let your fellow MAPers know by responding to the poll, and by posting your thoughts below.