My apologies for the length, but I am in a bit of a quandary. So, I have both interests in Aikido and Wing Chun. I had originally studied Aikido on and off for several months. While impressive, especially watching Steven Segal, I was frustrated by my progress. I live in Nebraska, and we have both traditional Aikido and un-modified Wing Chun here (Moy Yat Ving Tsun). All of these schools in both disciplines are a traditional lineage. And this goes to my frustration with both arts. I want my martial arts to be practical, that is defensible on the street. I apologize for ruffling feathers at this point, but I feel that these traditional schools, while a great background, would not help me achieve my goal of street defense. In my opinion, which may be wrong, seeing is believing. This was my initial frustration with Aikido. Many of the Aikido schools are traditional, unless you follow the Tenshin style of Steven Segal (or one of the others). After watching many hours of Aikido videos, I found it very hard to find any style that effectively dealt with street style punches, or boxing like punches. While Aikido has many other benefits, I feel that this is an area in which Aikido lacks. Lacks may not be the correct term, but it would be difficult to deal with these types of punches on the street using Aikido I think. The only thing that comes close to this that I have seen is Lenny Sly’s Aikido. So I have basically stopped going for these reasons already stated. This leads me to the main issue. Wing Chun also interests me. But again, we are dealing with a traditional school here. I think it would be a great base or starting point, but I would eventually have to look for a more “street applicable” WC at some point. The difference I see with this, is that I feel that WC can be effectively used on the street with appropriate modification. I have seen this by watching vids on-line. And by vids I mean stuff like Master Wong, Master Mark Phillips, and Sifu D. Izzo. To some degree, they all give realistic examples of how WC could be used in self-defense situations. My biggest problem however, is that I don’t live in Chicago or the UK, I live in Nebraska. I just wonder what you guys’ thoughts are on my situation?