Hey everyone, I'm a 37-year old who has just re-discovered my love for physical fitness. I had taken a handful of years off for various reasons. One thing I have found about myself is that I tend to fall off the wagon when I don't have something outside of the gym to focus on. In my younger years, it was always basketball. I would play hours of pick-up games throughout the week. At my age now, I will still pick up a ball from time to time but because of a few reasons, I don't really consider that a serious option going forward. When I was younger, I did kickboxing for about two years, but at this point, I have basically forgotten 99.9% of it, so that's pretty moot as far as my experience goes. I have always had a passion for martial arts but for a variety of reasons(time and financial being the two big ones), I was never able to fully embrace them over the years. Now, I am financially fine and while I'm not loaded with free time, I can certainly squeeze in 3-5 classes a week. The thing now is to discover what art may be the best suited for me. Currently, I am 37 as mentioned above, and am 6'3"/225 pounds. By the time I start anything up, I anticipate being below 220. I have multiple reasons that I want to join a dojo/club/gym. One is physical fitness, another is to test myself against others, certainly some self defense although I hope to never need it, and another is to set a goal through either a belt system or competition system. I'm pretty goal oriented and it's what tends to drive me in every aspect of my life, so while I know a belt isn't what an ultimate goal should be, it's certainly something I can use for a personal motivation tool. I consider myself of average fitness currently, although I am on the path to be at least a little above average. I've always been a pretty good athlete through the years. Nothing exceptional, but I can hold my own in most areas that I have applied myself. I have essentially narrowed my options down to a few arts/gyms and I do fully plan on going to watch a few classes at each. I would just like an opinion or two on what might fit my frame/goals/age. Below I will list the gyms that I am looking at. These all fit into my time frame and I will list the art I am interested in there on the side. Any thoughts on the instructors if you may be familiar with any of them would be greatly appreciated as well. Soma Jiu Jitsu Academy - BJJ Dayton MMA Academy - Kickboxing/BBJ Main - Tama Martial Arts Center - Kenpo/Kickboxing GiYu Dojo - Judo http://sgbjj.com/ - BJJ Dayton Kali Academy Schedule - their overall program I feel fortunate as most of these gyms seem to have pretty legit leadership, but I would still like any thoughts and/or suggestions that can be given to me. Thanks everyone for your time and I look forward to being a part of the group.