Suitable Martial Art?

Hi. I've been considering taking up a martial art of some form or other. Only problem is that I really have no idea what it is I'm actually looking for. I've read lots of articles which all pretty much say the same thing: "What do you want to get out of it?" so, I made a list. I'm seventeen, I'm not particularly fit, flexible, agile or disciplined and the things I want to get out of it are (in order of highest to lowest priority):

• to become faster, fitter, more agile and more flexible
• to be able to think more clearly
• to step out of my comfort zone and be more active
• to be able to defend myself if attacked
• a suitable form of unarmed combat to augment my weapons skills (I try to practice western sword fighting from time to time, I'm not too good though)
• to improve my weapons skills

Any ideas would be really helpful, but I would like a logical reason to consider it. Thanks.

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Goodhart6 years ago
For co-ordination and further developement that grows as you become more proficiant, I suggest AIKIDO

or surprisingly tai chi. it's actually a REALLY good defensive technique. (everyone makes fun of it because you move really slow when practicing etc... but it's entire purpose is for self defense and strike blocking....if you ever need to you just speed up the motions and you can pretty much prevent anyone from hitting you with anything)

timmycutts (author)  crapflinger6 years ago
Tai Chi is pretty cool, despite the way it looks. I've even heard rumors of people being burned by someone using tai chi, but then, of course, those are just rumors...
actually, those are called lies
timmycutts (author)  crapflinger6 years ago
no, I think you'll find that rumors and lies are on two slightly different spectra. A rumor is a distorted truth, which is most likely what the ones I mentioned are (i.e. tai chi was involved, but the burns weren't directly caused by the martial art). Lies on the other hand, are complete untruths, which are made to hide the truth.

1    [lahy] Show IPA noun, verb, lied, ly·ing.
a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.
something intended or serving to convey a false impression; imposture: His flashy car was a lie that deceived no one.
an inaccurate or false statement.

   [roo-mer] Show IPA
a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts: a rumor of war.
gossip; hearsay: Don't listen to rumor.
Archaic . a continuous, confused noise; clamor; din.

tai chi being involved has nothing to do with the end result. anyone, who has ever claimed to have been burned by someone else's Chi is telling a non-truth....i.e. a lie

Well, or (playing devil's advocate) they could *think* they had been burned by the Chi, but unknowingly be incorrect. Rumors and lies may or may not be synonymous, but an incorrect statement made in good faith is not identical to a lie.
LR, you wrote: an incorrect statement made in good faith is not identical to a lie.

Which MAY be true philosophically, but when it comes down to affect, they are both identical.  One is on "purpose" and one is "because the person didn't have the time, resources, etc.  to check it out first. Untrue is always untrue.  
They are not necessarily identical in effect. For one thing, doesn't it count for something with you whether a person intentionally lies to you or if they just made an honest mistake?

Intent is not irrelevant, which is why we don't convict people for perjury for statements which they truly thought to be fact at the time but which later evidence disproves.
timmycutts (author)  Lithium Rain6 years ago
I do believe I said that I would like to stop this stupid argument. Typical normal people, never reading something fully and continuing on regardless (and yes, I do get to call you "normal people" because I have Asperger Syndrome and it sounds more polite than "neurotypical"). No more arguing! It has nothing to do with the topic at hand and only serves to prove how pathetic you all are by demonstrating that you have no ability to give in to being wrong where I have already conceded defeat. We simply have to agree to disagree and return to the issue at hand.
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