Hi Dalen. Another suggestion I would have, is that you try to workout on your own on a daily basis. Even if you are just jogging or jumping rope in the morning and maybe pumping out some calisthenics, it will greatly facilitate your adaptation into a more physically demanding art. I'm no expert on the subject, I have just found through my own experience that doing something daily has been helpful.
Totally agree with you Michael, and was initially wanting to put off the training until Oct. - well, should have waited heh? lol
Regardless, you are correct that a daily dose of jump rope/cardio, yoga, etc. will help keep me in better operating condition, regardless of what I set out to do. [now if only I can get my back completely healed]