Hi guys, Just thought I`d stop in and introduce myself before I shut up for a while and try to learn the ropes here for a bit. My name`s Dave and I`m an American living in Hokkaido Japan. I teach Jr high and High school English and I`ve been here for about 5 yrs this time around. I practiced kung fu and karate for years, and that`s still my base of referance for most things. But I was lucky enough to crosstrain with some folks who did Modern Arnis and that was my intro to FMA/Silat, which I LOVE. Since I live in such a small town here (little ski resort called Rusutsu, best snow in Asia) I don`t have much chance to train FMA with any regularity, but I try to learn what I can where I can and practice practice practice. I look forward to learning more from listening to you guys and I hope my occational questions won`t be too boring for you. If you`re ever in Northern Japan, or know someone who will be, let me know. It`s a beautiful area and we love showing people around. Plus I`d love a chance to train with someone more experianced.