Quite a few months ago now I posted about wanting to put on weight to play rugby. I did put on the weight, but the team I wanted to play for is much more selective than I originally thought.
I'm thinking of doing martial arts instead. I always wanted to do it, but school work tended to get in the way. Now that I'm in university, and more importantly I have a drivers licence, it is much more plausible.
My questions are:
1)At age 19, am I too old to start martial arts of any kind? I shouldn't think so, but I do occasionally get images of me in my beginners outfit surrounded by eager 7 year olds.
2)Which art should I choose - I'm quite competitive (both sports and academically), so I think one which would have a competitive aspect (or at least lots of sparring) would be the best fit.
Self defence is only a minor issue. From what I can tell, if you commit yourself to any of the arts under a decent instructor, you should be able to get yourself out of trouble with the average drunken fool.
The throwing ones seem a lot more appealing to me than striking. I've always enjoyed how graceful they seem.
However, I'm not too interested in kata etc. I'd much prefer a lesson filled with sparring than one filled with patterened movements. It's likely some sort of compromise will have to be made, but I'd rather it be more in favour of sparring. Also, I've noticed that BJJ is quite popular at the moment, but I observed a lesson and there seems way too much ground stuff. Not as appealing to me.
I'm currently 5'9 and 79kg. Sadly this weight will continue to decrease until exams are over, but what's a boy to do. Also, I live in Brisbane, Australia.
PS If i've said anything fundamentally wrong, please let me know. I don't know terribly much about this, only what i've heard from a few friends, a few things i've seen and some stuff from the internet.
Thanks for your time,
PS To reiterate, it's a lot of sparring or competition that interests me, not self defence. I've always enjoyed wrestling, even just as a kid with my dad. But i'm not violent at all and am much more inclined to talk my way out than fight my way out. So if self defence comes as a consequence, great! But it's not the main focus.
PSS At the moment, I'm leaning towards Judo. But that's because I don't know of many other grappling arts (excluding BJJ)which have lots of competition, sparring, or both.