Some people would tell you that the idea of me wielding a sword gives them the willies. After all, I have a bit of a temper, and am renowned for being the first (and so far only) pastry student in the history of CSR to be taken to the er with a knife wound.
I wouldn't be starting with the sword; any respectable teacher would put me first in the short form, i would gradually progress through the long form, and then, only then, would a practice sword be put in my hands. I'm pretty sure the starter sword is made of wood, anyway.
My brain will challenged with French. Body and mind with chocolate and pastry. Body, mind and spirit with Tai Chi. I think that's good start for 2008.