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Why not look into Aikido? IMHO, it seems like a less 'intense' art. Personally, I've developed issues from training and after observing an Aikido class and talking with the instructors, the style and it's teaching can be altered to accommodate things like arthritis or any physical limitation really


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It could be worth it, or you could be better served by just going to a gym and focusing on conditioning. In terms of time used before the summer, you should consider what you can gain. It is unlikely that you will gain more then the bare basics of either kickboxing or BJJ (unless you mean to devote a large amount of time of each each day to the art). ...


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When taking up a martial art (or pretty much any activity): Try as many clubs as there are in your area and go for the one that you like the most. There is such a range in quality of instruction that what is best for you in one town may be completely different in another. I stuck with my martial art because the instructor was so passionate about it - that ...


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Depending on your purpose, a different martial art would be recommended. You mentioned self defense and confidence. For that I would highly recommend Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Since the beginning you feel like you can take care of yourself and your beloved ones in case of an emergency. But you said "show off some moves" and that's not something good to say to ...


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Whoever said you have to choose between long hair and uninterfered training is dead wrong. Have you never seen women's martial arts or combat sports? Have you never seen Clay Guida, Brian Ortega, Benson Henderson, Miachel Chiesa, Uriah Faber, or the plethora of fighters with long hair fight? For mma training whether you are striking or grappling or both ...


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Usual caveat: check in with your physician, physical therapist, etc. on what is or isn't ok for your condition. If you're looking for self defense and you're dealing with long term conditions or impairments, you may want to look into your local laws about what kind of self defense tools you can carry and focus your training around those. Easily found ...


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The other answers are all pretty good and I won't go over any of that, but nobody has mentioned a fundamental physical fact. Typical time required to throw a punch is about 1/6 of a second. Average human reaction time is about 1/4 of a second, so if you're relying on your reactions to defend yourself, you are at an enormous physical disadvantage. ...



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