Ever since my highschool days I've wanted to take martial arts classes but I never had either the time or money. Now, at age 30, I'm finally in a position where I have enough of both to take a class a couple days a week should I choose. Naturally I've now run into an issue. At least it's an issue for me.
First off, apparently the area I live in isn't exactly diverse in the types of martial arts offered. I'd say easily 95% of the places I found taught Taekwondo... which I'm not interested in. I respect it as a form and all that jazz, it's just not my cup of tea.
I've now narrowed things down to two places, one that teaches aikido and another that offers "blue dragon" kung fu. I have a feeling the kung fu place wouldn't be for me just because I think the head guy's a bit of a nutjob and I'd like to think that having at least some respect for the "master" would be helpful. I also found a couple other places that offered brazillian jujitsu and yoshekai karate but since I'm not looking to be beaten to a bloody pulp or have all my bones dislocated in every training session I passed on those places.
But the thing that kinda' bothers me is that when I observed the classes at the two places I'm considering it seemed that almost all of the students were young un's. I mean really young un's. I just have a feeling that it would be a bit awkward for me to start taking these classes as a 30 year old when the "old man" of the group is maybe 18. Has anyone else tried taking up a martial art around my age or older? Is it really that big of a deal? Are there any alternatives? Gimme' some input.