I started doing Taekwondo and Hapkido in the early 90s and have gone back to that later on after my military service time and have about 10ish years total involved in it. Never really got into tournaments or any of that stuff in general, was always much more a traditionalist I guess when it came to this sort of thing. We had one of these threads back on FoH I recall some years ago. I'll say again what I said there. The specific art isn't nearly as important as finding quality instructors to train with.