i started in hapkido in the mid-90's and had to stop because i kept hurting my knee. i didn't realize at the time that i had a torn acl for about a decade--that's another story. post-acl reconstruction, i got back into hapkido in 2003 and gradually got myself into shape and worked hard to get 1st dan. i was drawn to hapkido initially because of the variety of techniques it offered and the "not sport" mentality. years before getting my dan, i started having doubts about the training in the art and the school i was at. but i felt that i was getting close to the "black belt" and didn't want to be perceived, my own perception, as a quitter. so i worked harder and stuck with it. looking back, i should have hit the carlson gracie school in chicago (as it was the only bjj in chicago for awhile) post-haste. literally months after getting my promotion, i was gone from the school i was at and for about a year and a half experimented with aikido. which was great actually. incredibly fun, i loved the training. and i'd even visit aikido dojos in every city my wife and i would travel to. but still...there was this gnawing feeling that something was missing, which led me to take baby steps with a local judo club. finally took the plunge into bjj at the age of 40 and haven't looked back since. rarely, i dabble in boxing and eskrima. but since i've decided that i want to compete at bjj, i'm pretty much full-time gi/no-gi submission wrestling. the great thing about the gym i'm at is that boxing, muay thai, wrestling, judo and of course gi and no-gi bjj are all available--a veritable one-stop-shop. i'm hoping this year or next, to start regularly competing in the world "masters'" tournament in long beach with lots of the other old guys.