Interesting thread. I just finished reading all seven pages of it. Ronin, if you still read new posts in this thread, I would like to share something with you from my own history. When I was a lad, maybe 16 or so, I learned of a ninjutsu dojo about an hour and a half away from me. At the time I had only a pushbike for transport, and so had no way of travelling the distance to get to the town in which the dojo was located. I left home rather young, and at this point I had been on my own for a couple of years already and wasn't on good terms with the family, so asking for a ride was not an option either. The reasons for wanting to learn were much as you would expect from a 16 year old boy - I wanted to be a tough guy, be able to beat people up, not be able to be pushed around or easily messed with. So after awhile, I realised I would not be able to train in ninjutsu, so I joined the local Muay Thai gym. I trained in Muay Thai for four years, loved every minute of it, grew as a person (this one is massively important) and I feel I gave it my all, and was rewarded well for that. After that, I moved to another town, near a Bujinkan dojo, but was unable to train due to work schedules. So I trained in Wing chun for a while, but the philosophy and forms did not gel with me, so I stopped. Seven years after I first knew that I wanted to study ninjutsu, one random email resulted in a chain of events that saw me begin training in ninjutsu. It was nothing like what I had thought it would be, but I loved it right away. I travel 40km each way to train, and money isn't exactly free-flowing in my household, but it's worth it. I believe that, had I began training back when I was a kid, I would not have been ready. The time was not right, my mind was not right, my spirit was not right. So if your focus is the way that it appears to be now, go with that. Follow the MMA path, and enjoy it. And when you are ready for another journey, maybe then will be the time to look at ninjutsu. Listen to these guys here, too, they know what they are talking about. All the best.