I posted a few weeks ago that I was looking to start taking martial arts lessions. I am 29 and have no plans to compete but just want to learn some self defense and get a decent workout. So, I started looking around my area (Louisville, KY) recently and have found three different gyms close by my house: - Jiu Jitsu/Kemp - tai kwon do - Aikido I was able to try-out each of these for free. I really liked the Jiu Jitsu/Kemp gym, but it was $110 a month which was a little more than I was wanting to pay. The Tai Kwon Do gym was $65 a month but was mostly a bunch of younger kids and teenagers. Then, I found a little hole-in-the-wall Aikido dojo that is basically in a large garage with no heat or air (which should make for a better workout) and it is just $45 a month. I have been to two free lessons so far and have really enjoyed it. The classes have been pretty small (9 at the first class and 4 at the second) and are mostly men ranging from 20-40. The dojo is a non-profit organization and even the instructors pay monthly fees. Anyway, I am thinking about joining the Aikido gym and was looking to get some feedback from those that have taken Aikido before.