Hello all, I looking for some reasonable opinions from fellow Martial Arts enthusiasts: I am a soon to be 31 year old. I am a male interested in getting into a martial art, preferably where I can get in-shape, gain some more self defense, and compete. At this point, I am leaning toward Judo. I have always had an interest in Judo and also Aikido (which has no competition as most of you know). I have fallen greatly out of shape due to time spent laid off from work, and addressing an injury I sustained in a fall. As such, I didn't work for nearly two years or do anything physical for the most part. This led to about 40 or so pounds overweight and minimal flexibility. Here's what I am curious about: is it possible to reach the above goals at this point with Judo? Moreover, with the right amount of effort, taking between 3 to 5 hours of Judo a week (the regular class schedule that is offered), can I actually gain a level of skill to compete and become successful? I am not delusional, and talking Olympic level competition, but rather local/state/regional? Thanks for the input guys and gals, I appreciate it.