Originally Posted by Domromer
33 decently strong but fat, not adverse to a hard martial art.
what do you want to achieve?
you mentioned mma- if you want to be a bad ass and hit stuff (and can go to work bruised up occasionally), but can't find a mma school, muy thai is pretty awesome. boxing too. both should be pretty easy to find. judo and jiu jitsu, as mentioned, are relatively gentler, and both should be easy to find as well (and charleston has a couple really good bjj guys). all 4 provide valuable tools if you want to transition to mma at some point.
if cost is a concern, judo and boxing will probably be relatively cheap compared to most other martial arts.