Questions for future training Firstly, I would like to say that I'm sorry if this has all been asked before but I've been reading stuff all day and can't be bothered to compulsively read every post on this thread (I managed to stop myself at the end of the first page ^^') Next, I want to say that I have asked very similar questions on the main forum but the thread got out of control and was closed within a week or two. Now a bit of background. I'm from NSW, Australia and I've been doing karate since 2007 (also, I did it for a couple of years around 2002-03). I'm a 2nd Kyu and I consider myslef a lifer for martial arts - it's something I want to do 'till my dying days. I would also like to mention that I have experience in both traditional and "modern" schools. However, it's not all well and good. My parents plan on moving to Tasmania and I will have to leave my curent school behind. When I get to Tazzie I'm going to have a big decision on my hands. I could continue with karate, try something similar or start something completely different. The main thing I've been looking at is Ninjutsu - it fascinates me, I think it will suit me just fine. From what I can tell it's a good mix of strikes, kicks, grappling and takedowns, pressure points, weapons and (in some cases) spiritualism. Now the questions: 1. I want to know what some good, creditable schools are. I know of the X-Kans but I don't know a lot about their specific training (or where to find information on these). I'm sure they're not the only good schools though. So, if you have a school you can credit (including x-kans), please tell me what it is. A rough overview of it's good points. And whether I can find a dojo for that school in Tasmania. I'm looking for places around Hobart. 2. If I'm wrong about my evaluation on Ninjutsu, please tell me what I've got wrong or what I've missed. 3. Where can I find some good videos of the training and classes? I've seen some of seminars but I want to see ones of students practicing drills and more basic techniques. 4. Now, this is always a controvesial issue. Should I (even for just a reference) buy any DVDs for 'home training'? I do not wish to have that as my only training but if I cannot get to classes more than 2-3 times a week (I would like to be training 4-5 days a week) I want some kind of reference so that I can practice my skills at home. 5. Weapons, how much concentration is there on training with them? I don't want them as my main focus but I would like to do far more than 15 minutes every 10 lessons. These final two are probably one of the most important things for me: 6. How much kumite/sparring (I don't know whether it's named differently in Ninjutsu) on average is done in Ninjutsu? I know this varies from one instructor to the next but I'd like a little insigt. 7. How 'full on' is the training? Am I going to wind up beaten and bruised after most lessons? Am I going to be winded, thrown, have painful pressure points applied to my person? Am I going to be fought into a corner when sparring and have to get my way out? I ask this because I DO NOT want to be mollycoddled in my training, I want the bruises and pains (not so much broken bones, but if they make me a better martial artist I'll put up with it). I want to be given realistic training and I want to be conditioned to being punched. Sure, I've got this from karate - but not as much as I need. Some of it has cone from sparring, arm twists and pressure points but most of my pains are from too many push-ups, holding stances for too long or just training too long in a short amount of time. It's made me stronger but I want it from sparring - from being punched, kicked, thrown, contorted, tripped, grappled and winded. It may sound like I enjoy pain or something but the truth is that I want to be prepared for all of this pain so that I can push through it when my life is in danger. I seem to have gone overboard here and I've written a lot but I will be very thankful to anyone who is bothered to read all of that and try to help me. Thanks in advance.