So this is an amusing anecdote, I guess.
Finally got off my ass and got back into Aikido! Returned to the dojo for Pentjak Silat and Aikido... structure's a bit different, and I took a beginner's class to polish my Ukemi and some other stuff. Found out there's a dedicated weapons class on Mondays, so I may eschew a strict schedule for a two-days-a-week schedule and hit up the weapons class occasionally.
There's one person in the weapons class though (a lot of the ones that called for it decided not to show up ever), so perhaps I can convince Sensei to teach a few other arts... it's an Aikido class, but Sensei is also the Silat Guru and thus skilled with knives, bo, boken, jo, and escrima sticks. There's also a Jujitsu class now. Personally I would like a "Weapons" class that basically wanders around Aikido boken/jo, Bojutsu, Jojutsu, and knife defense (I'm not worried about "knife fighting" ... if you come at me with a knife I'll take it away and/or break your arm and/or proceed to punch the f*@% out of you; I'm less concerned with using a knife than not getting killed with one).
My life is finally complete eh? Plus the gut goes away and turns into a brick wall, which I need; I got so freaking weak after I left, just carrying 5 bags of flour and a couple gallons of milk up three floors is almost impossible now, and I can't even get an 80 pound box up the steps to my apartment... barely get it out of my car, the mental concentration needed to lift that much is impossible to sustain for more than a few seconds.
Anyone else into non-competitive martial arts? MMA isn't my goal (an Aikidoka in MMA would be ... interesting); mainly it's meditative for me. The complex movements of Aikido give me a reenforcing focus on my body (which comes a little easier since I spend the 20 minutes before class in the back doing Kundalini meditation and Zazen... eh, everything I do reenforces everything else). Really for combat and defense I want to do some Jojutsu...