Hello everyone. I am thinking about getting back into martial arts after a long hiatus. Some background: I'm 34 now and spent about a year in judo and jiu-jitsu when I was about 25. I quit due to family moving around, back spasms from getting thrown too many times in judo, etc. I reeeeaaallly love groundfighting and got pretty decent at it for somebody with only a year of experience. Of course, that was long, long ago. At this point, I'm interested in learning an art with a weapon, but I don't know much about these arts. My interest is about 70% in self-defense, 15% in obtaining a productive hobby that will help me stay in shape, and 15% in broadening my horizons and knowledge. My first preference would be something that emphasized small edged weapons, simply because I carry one of those around most of the time. My second idea would be something with a stick. At least then, I could have them around sometimes. I don't really have an interest in more exotic weapons that I probably won't have access to (spear? sword?) must of the time. Of course, I already have my G23, but can't carry it in lots of locations due to stupid laws. As is true of most 30-something professional, family men, I don't have a tremendous amount of time per week for extra-curricular activities. I realize that one gets benefits in proportion to the effort and time expended on the art, but constraints are constraints. I could probably dedicate 3-4 hours/week regularly. As is also true of most post-macho-testosterone-surge-aged men, I have absolutely no interest in being injured. I'm not a coward, but just being logical. I realize that all martial arts are dangerous to some degree, but some are worse than others. For example, I've never seen even one person injured while groundfighting, although I'm sure it happens. I've seen, and experienced, lots of injuries from throwing (actually, to be more precise, landing!) such as in judo. I would rate my tolerance for unnecessarily dangerous activities as being about zero at this point in my life. I've seen too many people struggle as they got older because of injuries acquired earlier. The art is supposed to make life better, right? Given my long laundry list of requirements, is it possible to recommend an art that I should take a look at? It's tough to research the different arts because I don't even know the names to look for. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. DBD Wanna kill these ads? We can help!