I started tkd rather late, age 34, in Korea with a bunch of expat women of a similar age, all of us in a similar situation, not particularly fit, returning to exercise after having kids etc. As time went on many of the group dropped out, but a few, including me, really caught the bug and went on to get our black belts. I'm currently attending at least 3 or 4 classes per week, and helping to teach the kids tkd at the international school. I'm much much fitter, more flexible and very serious about my tkd (some might say obsessive...) However, I've noticed that when my friends return to their home countries, they try to continue their tkd, but usually end up dropping out fairly quickly. In fact I know of only 2 of my friends who have continued for longer than a couple of months, one in France, and one in the US. I'm due to leave here soon, and I'm determined to continue with martial arts, but based on my friends' experiences I'm wondering how I will fare back home in England as a 39 year old with only 4 years tkd experience. Are there many more 'mature' women practising out there? or are most of your clubs full of fit and flexible teenagers/20+ year olds? What attitudes do older martial artists encounter? I want to be taken seriously, but I know that in terms of fitness, speed, flexibilty I'm not going to be a match for a younger person. In Korea we are viewed as oddities for wanting to learn tkd. Is this true of clubs in other countries? - one of my friends returned to the south of England, found a club and whilst the members were friendly, she still felt they didn't take her seriously. Another started in Greece, and the master humiliated her in front of the class by pulling apart every bit of her (and her son's) technique and insulting her previous master. He was going round the class with a stick whacking the students legs. She didn't go back. This is rather long-winded so if anyone is still reading, my questions are: 1. Have I started tkd too late? 2. What makes people drop out? 3. What experiences do 'older' martial artists have, particularly those who haven't been learning since they were teenagers, but started later in life?