You know what I miss more than anything about home right now?
My karate class. Man, I freaking love martial arts. I started in January of 2009, and I have loved working out twice a week every week since then. The power, confidence, and sense of accomplishment you feel as you learn the technique and the traditions and history of your style.
The style I study is Chinese Kenpo. It's a very linear style with direct strikes and blocks, much like Wing Chun, or Jeet Kune Do (Both styles made especially famous by Bruce Lee.) The upper belt ranks have the more flowing and chinese looking styles with the bent knee stances, sidesteps, and flowing hand motions. Its really a beautiful, but effective style. Like I said, I've been doing it for 2 1/2 years now. I have moved up in rank 5 times in that period, which is the blue belt rank. Following that, there is only green, brown, then the black belt. Another three years in, and I would have my black belt. Then there are several years worth of training to move up the 10 black belt ranks. Its an amazingly fun and challenging style that is brutally efficient in the street, and allows one to carry themselves with confidence and pride.
Since starting in the class though, I have taken a heightened interest in learning all that I can about different styles, traditional training, hidden secrets, and other mysteries of martial arts. I would love to spend a year or two training with the monks at the Shaolin Temple, or on of the monasteries in the Chinese countryside. It would be an amazing experience to see the culture, and the true methods of training at their roots.
Anyone else have any martial arts experience, or any links to interesting sites? I'd be interested to see what everyone else has experienced seeing as how there are hundreds of styles.