Keys To Picking The Right Martial Art
Over the course of my life I have trained in (sometimes as little as a few weeks, but still): Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Jeet Kune Do, Muy Thai and Sun Hang Do. All arts have their pluses and minuses, so which one is right for you?
If you had to defend yourself, is the training you've been provided delivered realistically and are the techniques practical and straightforward? This might seem like the most important factor, and it can be, but brutal realism can come with costs in some of the other factors below.
How likely are you to get injured during training? If you have existing injuries, will the training re-injure you?
3. The Instructor
Are they engaging? Can they explain the techniques in a way you can understand? Can they encourage you in a way you will respond to? Some people like drill sergeants, some like more gentle coaching, or cheerleading, etc.
Are the lessons fun? The best kind of exercise is the one you like doing, and will keep coming back to. If you love going, you'll go more often and improve faster.
Is it going to give you the kind of workout you want? Maybe your exercise regimen is pretty full, and you need something not too taxing, or maybe these classes will be your primary exercise to get in shape.
6. Family Friendly
If you want to do martial arts with your kids (or spouse) are the classes suitable to different demographics
A Martial Art is indeed Art. Like music or architecture, different people respond differently to different 'flavours'.
8. Physical Proximity
Grappling arts will have you getting very up close and personal, which can make some people uncomfortable.
9. Mental Wellness
Many martial arts include some meditation or character-building aspects to them, so it's not just hurting people. Is that important to you?
Some martial arts have been recently invented and will have put a lot of thought and research on how to be effective in a modern environment. The drawback is, the art is not widely known and can't be practiced in other locales, whereas more traditional martial arts have recognition world-wide.