I started Muay Thai more than a year ago and it's become an obsession, in a sort of scary way. My life sort of revolves around me going to train, the same for most of the students I train with. Who else here does martial arts? Did you get addicted? Do you think this can be counter-productive? Another thing - I always had immense respect for martial artists, even though I didn't practice them until recently, but it seems that very few of my friends have the same opinion. They are all pacifists, and view fighting as animalistic and crude. I'm a pacifist, too (I've never been in a real fight), but I still think Karate, Muay Thai, Jui Jitsu etc is friggin awesome and I have a lot of pride that I'm into it.