How did you start or get into the Martial Arts?

Res ipsa loquitar had a thread a week ago about the "cult of the Martial Arts" Based on that I was wondering for those of you who train or trained in the past how did you get your start? Did you stay? What was the highest degree or rank you obtained. We have a lot of age groups on the OG and varrying experience.

I started Tae Kwon Do in 1970's because my mom didn't want me watching Bonanza reruns on summer vacations from grammar school. I have a 4th degree BB in ITF TKD and a belt in Judo. Presently I do Judo, striking and a tad of no-GI training here or there but I think it's a little boring. I also work with the MMA guys here in there in the school.