Nice post Steve-O
I love Judo.
Judo is awesome.
It is also a fantastic base for other grappling arts should you decide
to switch it up.
Its arguably one of the worlds most popular sports
played as a little kid
then HS & College wrestling then post college club wrestling
all the while still playing judo
Played very seriously til my early 30's
much less later on, and not much now in my late 30's
Judo is allot more physical then people think.
Far far more physical then BJJ Im never sure where people would think its not.
Its a sport based on picking people up and dropping them hard.
why wouldn't the training reflect that?
that being said you can come to Judo at any age, and from any or lack of athletic background
and still excel and have fun.
I rate the grappling arts this way in terms of their physicality
Greco Roman wrestling
the tumbling to me always feels good its just a good way to get warm
and keep developing some decent motor skills and its an easy way to
get in a rhythm for falls, and being thrown, which is like half of what
Ukemi really is essential- particularly for beginners it will keep you safe.
its not fun in the beginning but you do need to do the work.
Steve gave some solid tips there too.
asking for some one to properly show you drills you can do,
or helping set up your grips is a great idea, and would be time well spent.
Really when you get to start throwing people it will feel great.
maybe you will even like being thrown- its kind of fun to defeat gravity,
even if its only for a second.
Judo will reap lots of benefits in your other training
You will always have good balance
your grip strength will be fantastic relative to lifting
if you try other grappling after judo you will find you have superior posture
Judo can kick your ass but its fun as fuck.