Young male, not looking for anything specific, but I am a huge fan of MMA in general. (not just the UFC/SF)
What would be a good beginner martial art for both fitness and relevancy to watching MMA/fighting? I'm thinking jiu-jitsu simply because you would understand all the holds they're doing, and if you ever went into MMA, you could use it right away.
Karate seems very useful for positioning, and several recent champions use it or are trained in it at a high level.
Any recommendations welcome, and why you would think it would be good.
I should also state that I'm not looking for a "base" so much as what would be good for when considering ALL of the following:
- Base - Something that's not just a "one trick pony" art (difficult to find, I know)
- Ease to get into - I don't want something that takes forever to get into, a ton of equipment, specialized training/gym, or requires hours and hours just to START it. (not maintain)
- Safety - Not super important, but the safest to do on regular basis. For example, boxing isn't really safe for either your head or hands if you did it (hard) twice a day COMPARED(!) to Capoeira or similar. Again, not super important.
- Fitness - Something that will get me moving and I can do it whenever. Again, not overly important, but boxing would be GOOD here because I could get a workout whenever I did it, and wouldn't need partners or a gym to get a good sweat going anytime.
- Fun - I don't want to HAVE to do grueling practices just to get into this art, and I don't want to have to sit silently for hours meditating. Something in between if possible.
So, what's the best when considering 1-5 as a whole?