Greetings! I am a university student who, while I am living on campus at least, wanted to do martial arts training with one of the student organizations. There are several choices of martial arts on campus however, and I am trying to decide between them. I am aware that many people new to martial arts would ask things like "how hard is it to learn" or "how quickly can I get my black belt". I am also aware of the inherent problems with those questions. I have five goals for a martial art: Self-Discipline Practice Against a Resisting Opponent Sparring Fun Regularity Exercise That being said, here are the options I have, all offer training in the respective martial art and cost nothing but the price of their uniforms which is not initially required in any but the Taekwondo club. I have a Chinese Martial Arts club that when contacted says they practice contemporary Kung Fu as well as drawing upon Shoalin Kung Fu. I could make their classes twice a week and they say they spend their time with stretches and forms. I have a Japanese Jujutsu club that I would be able to attend once a week. I have little information on them however. There is a WTF Taekwondo club on campus that I would be able to attend twice a week. They are a new club on campus and I do not know much about them other than the teacher being from South Korea. There is a Shotokan Karate club on campus that I would be able to attend twice a week, three times if I become and advanced student. This is the only club I have been to thus far. This club has been on campus since the late 80s and is lead by a Japanese-American sensei and there is another Japanese trained black belt besides the sensei. I have attended two classes and we briefly went over the history of Shotokan Karate, we drill basic punches and blocks, we work on kata, and we do paired training sequences. No sparring has been mentioned or included as of yet for any students present. The class maintains a respectful atmosphere and the other students have been very helpful. Ideally, I should be able to attend once class for each of these clubs and see what they are like, in which case I will update this but I would really like to here some more learned perspectives on this predicament. Possibly Relevant Information: Sex: Male Age: 21 Height: 6'3" Shape: I am slightly overweight. Mental Health: I have high functioning autism (Asperger's syndrome under DSM4). I do not mind being touched in class, but I will be a little slower in learning proper coordination and loud noises and brights lights are very distracting. I am functional enough to not need medication or accommodations in a classroom setting. Martial Arts Background: About a year of formalized Taekwondo training (white belt) I do not recall which style but it had sparring using only the groin cup. Some boxing drilling with veteran friends. So in short, nothing of any true note.