Domain Query: No bullshido allowed
I want to take some form of martial art. I haven't the slightest interest in being a badass for the sake of itself in any capacity. I could, however, use the training as a way to further master my own mind and body. [Didact: ooh-rah] I've never had any trouble taking care of myself. I'm the sort who, once I've had a couple of minutes in a room, I've specked [sic] out all "force equalizers" (ash trays, glass bottles, a land line phone---anything I might need if things got ugly) and I watch people's eyes carefully.
The art that has caught my attention in the last couple of years is Keysi. [Didact: This is the fighting style that was used in the Nolan Trilogy of DARK KNIGHT films, and yes, there is no question, Christian Bale is an almighty badass when using it.] I love the idea of using my upper body because I have wide shoulders and the whole dance the style uses looks, to me, like I could master it. I also love the various ways to stop an attacker even while in a chair next to them.
I very much doubt I'll find any reputable Keysi instructors [in this area].
[I]f I cannot find a Keysi trainer worth his salt (I'm not sure how I'd know, really), would there be a style(s) that might be good for a guy who is [of above average height] with broad shoulders and good upper body strength?
- If you're into the spiritual side of martial arts, learn karate (just be aware that karate is not terribly effective as a street art)
- If you just want to get fit and have fun (and not pose any particularly terrible threat) take taekwondo
- If you want to take a truly formidable and difficult competitive art, try savate or muay thai
- If you want to learn an art geared specifically for real-world combat situations, try krav maga
- If you just want to learn how to look pretty while dancing, try capoeira
- If you want to try an art designed specifically to make maximum use of upper body strength, then a ground-based form like judo or jiu-jitsu (Brazilian or Japanese) would be a very good place to start
- Krav maga (well duh, but I'm biased here- heavily focused on strikes with some groundwork)
- Judo or jiu-jitsu (heavily ground-based, far less emphasis on striking)
- Sambo (a Russian mixed martial art that combines wrestling and striking)
- Jeet kune do (aka "Bruce Lee's art", incorporates both striking and grappling techniques)
- Muay thai (exceptionally powerful striking art, no emphasis on grappling)
- Wing chun (likewise)
- Boxing (totally focused on striking, no grappling at all)