I'm Taking up Judo Properly in about 2 weeks and I hope my body will be able to cope with the new regime!!!
I will see if the "its never too late!!!" adage is true!!!
Dobbersky, make sure you focus on learning the break falls really well. Especially slapping your hand down hard on the ground when you fall makes a huge difference. I've only been thrown by someone at full power twice, the first time caught me unprepared and I didn't slap the ground and the second time I made sure to slap hard. It made a huge difference, I was barely sore the second time whereas I was winded the first time.
Also, see if you can ask to start out on a crash mat instead of the thin mats first, they're much softer.