Originally posted by Clark314
Aikido is my only experience with martial arts, and since some of you seem to have quite a bit of experience with other arts, I was hoping that someone could suggest another art that has little or no competition focus. (I was hoping for a weapons art, like kendo.)
If you're looking for something like Kendo, how about having a go at.... Kendo!
You dont have to be a 'competitive' kind of a person to train in an art that has a element of competition in it, and the existence of tournaments in an art doesn't by any means imply that you have to get involved in them.
(No more than you have to have a burning ambition to win the Tour de France before you can enjoy a ride around the block on a bicycle.)
With the possible exception of certain Judo dojos, even martial arts with a strong accent on 'sport-budo' place little emphasis on competition in their everyday training.
So if you're lucky enough to have a Kendo dojo in your vicinity, why not at least go and check it out? Like checking out any unfamiliar dojo, see if you like the atmosphere, the attitude of the teacher and the students, and try not to pre-judge in advance whether you'll like it or not.
Best of luck.