Re: Reactions from strangers?
Actually, here it's not much fun to train out in parks and so where there are other people, unless we're a big group. If not- mainly teenagers come up and ask: ninja? karate? what are the wooden sticks for? etc...
practice usually ends late so not many people around to see any of us in strange uniforms or anything. The pub some stay on for a drink in, is already familiar with this strange mismatched group, so no strange reactions there.
Most reactions come when training takes place in public places, on hours when there are more people around. And with the local characteristics, they're usually more of an annoyance than someone who might become truely interested in what we're doing.