Just wondering what got everybody here into training, striking/ grappling/ MMA/ whatever. Personally, I became interested in MMA after getting sucker punched/ KO'd by a crackhead, without any provocation. After that, I decided to take up some kind of self defense so that wouldn't happen to me again. I'd done Judo in the past (as a kid, didn't really remember anything), and so I went to a Hapkido gym (lol) where they taught me some nifty wrist/ fingerlocks. After becoming interested in MMA and dedicating myself to getting in shape (I went from a fat 250 to a lean 175 at 6'2, and have gradually lifted to fill out), I went to a jits gym (Legion BJJ) for a summer where I did no- gi and wrestling. The next summer, I took the plunge and bought a membership to Xtreme Couture and trained for 3 hours at a time 2-3 times a week, doing MMA/ boxing/ MT/ Jits/ Wrestling classes as they happened. This summer I trained at XC for a month and then at a Jits/ boxing gym while doing summer classes before I injured my knee (sprained MCL) a month ago. I'm looking to get back shortly. But I digress. What're your training stories? I'm interested to see what compels people to train.