until now I was just one of thos beginners looking at the forum but the shy to post something. Your post gave me a good oppertunity to react.
As I said, I am still a beginner, I started Karate a year ago, when I just moved to London. Having no social life and as I felt the need to do some good excercise this was a good oppertunity to start something new. I joined a dojo just around the corner from where I live, and from the first moment I was addicted. I didn't only gain a better physical health, I also made a lot of new friends and my social life was suddenly developing high speed.
Almost a year later I could not do without it anymore and I am always excited before every class, even saturday mornings (which is quite something as I am not a morning person!).
The only thing I regret is the fact I never picked it up earlier (I started when I was 24) but hey, better late then never.
Ichi Nichi Issho - one day, one lifetime