I'm not getting younger, and my weight will always be at least 200lbs. The martial art I'm studying is not kind to my joints. A particular problem is the flying kicks, one of which is featured in my next to top kata. While I've gotten better at the technique, my knee of the leg I land on complains very loudly the following day. I can't generate enough air time to land on both feet with a flying side kick.
I am interested in something with practical use outside the ring, but less harsh than my current art. My current style is a blend of Tae Kwan Do, Okinawan Go Ju Ryu, and Jujitsu. I do enjoy the Jujitsu, but finding a good school near me will be a challenge. I will talk with my sensei about making the art a bit more old man friendly--we both have physical challenges.
However, I am interested in broadening my horizons. What I'm looking for is:
- No flying techniques. I'm a big man and my joints can't take it
- Incorporating both grappling and stricking
- A focus on practical use in modern settings (this rules out sword arts and kyudo)
While I do have a fourth criteria, that would make the question too localized (i.e. something I can find near me). An addendum to the question would be how to evaluate a potential school.
Clarification about the knees:
- The problem is not bad joints, medically speaking.
- I can grapple just fine, the jujitsu aspect of my art is something I'm rather fond of.
- The problem is inflammation in the knee due to the stress of landing > 250lbs of mass on one leg.
- The inflammation goes away in a couple days, but the day following practice it is quite acute.
Also reminder about what I'm looking for:
- A focus on practical use in modern settings. Arts like iaido, kyudo, etc. that are primarily internal martial arts are not something I want to pursue at the moment.
- A de-emphasis on kicking, particularly flying or jumping techniques.