Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Fernando

OK, another Pennsic tale that must start with a ghost of Pennsic past.

Some years ago (like 3), Fernando turned 40 and Brockman, Alistair, Rebecca, and Duncan insisted that such an auspicious occasion could not pass without some form of celebration. I, of course, was not involved at all in the original idea. I would never be the person who started anything that might embarrass my peer. Never. Never that anyone can prove now at least. So, anyway, after my siblings importuned me for many hours…, well minutes…, ok seconds…, I was convinced to plan a 40th Birthday Quest for Fernando.

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So I’m finding myself in a bit of a rut, and contemplating things to get out of that rut.

One thing that has come to mind is starting a martial art, but I have no clue about the differences and advantages of the various martial arts nor do I have any clue about how to choose a program.

Here’s what I’m trying to do:
Get more flexibility
Get better at SCA fighting
Get lighter on my feet
Get in better shape physically
Gain more discipline/mental strength

I’ve never done a martial art other than SCA fighting, so I will be coming into this very inexperienced. I would also appreciate any suggestions or ideas of what I can expect as a newbie in this arena at my age.