Greetings from a Karate practitioner and tea connoisseur from Victoria, BC. I'm happy to hear that you found a good gym. Please let us know how your first day of training goes. I'm in the same basic situation as you. I'm 36 and started seriously training later in life. I want to compete as much as I can in Karate / Kickboxing while I am able. Like you, I don't have any professional ambitions. I simply want the experience before I get too old. People tell me to pace myself, but I look at as making up for lost time. It's been three years of hard training, but I'm not burnt out yet!