Hi all. First a little background about me. I’m in mid 40s, need to get back into martial arts for health reasons both physically and mentally (stress relief). I say get back in because several years ago I got an intermediate belt rank in Chuck Norris karate. I quit due to time constraints and because a few white belts with a little boxing ability were basically wiping the floor with some of us upper level students during sparring. So I then took bjj for about 3 months before that school closed down. Move on to several years and a different state later and I’m looking to get back into the arts but I really don’t know what I want to do. Here’s what I really want from my art that I do choose however: 1. I want to earn my belt and not buy it. 2. I want to do something authentic but not full of stuff that isn’t really going to provide me with real life skills if I need to use them (I don’t live in a rough area and I don’t frequent bad places) 3. I think kata is useful but is it realistic( I know I’m gonna get some purists here but I’m not putting it down I’m just looking for real life practical applications) are there any arts not kata specific? Now here are my multitude of choices 1. Aikido school 2. Bjj schools aplenty 3. Seems everyone teaches JKD here 4. TKD schools aplenty 5. American open style karate. (Actually cheapest place in town.) 6. Muay Thai taught at the JKD/bjj schools 7. Hapkido and something called pasaryu where you can rank in both arts 8. Goju ryu school 9. Some place teaching Shorinji Kempo which I’ve never heard of. 10. A kung fu school So what y’all think?