A passion for swords and cutting. Interest in martial arts turned to collecting and practicing with swords. A jian and a katana were my first two, and quickly found cutting to be a wicked fun hobby!
... I have no instructor for the sword, but I use yt to learn and connect with people who have helped me greatly. Also I find the sword itself to be a great teacher in a lot of ways.
My approach generally excludes thoughts of combat. I like to keep it for personal improvement and for fun. I cut things (waterbottles, rolled newspaper, beachmats, tatami and such) for the pleasure of it, for the difficulty of trying to do it well and the satisfaction of improvement