What is the best martial arts program for an adult to learn self defense and hopefully inner peace?

I am an adult and I want to get into taking a martial arts class but I have never really done this before. Which type of MA would be best for me? I want to learn it and use it for self defense (if it’s ever necessary I really hope it’s not), and to find inner peace/calm in my life, and self discipline.

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5 Responses to What is the best martial arts program for an adult to learn self defense and hopefully inner peace?

  1. Bill says:

    If you are looking for pure self-defense, I would highly recommend Krav Maga. It goes on the principles of defending yourself in real life situations; including how to defend yourself against someone with a knife or a gun. Very practical and an excellent workout.

  2. TheKitten(evolved) says:

    You may like aikido.

    It sounds like you’re not willing to get into a fight, but would rather avoid one and that you’re interested in the more spiritual aspects.

    Aikido generally offers this. It focuses on deflecting and defending against attack, as opposed to “fighting”. (Defending yourself and fighting are two different things, despite what many people think). It does offer a range of effective techniques. One drawback is that the techniques take a long time to learn to do effectively. An arm-lock is not like a punch. You can learn to punch in a day (not master it, but learn it) and it will do something to a potential opponent. It takes a lot longer to learn to do a wrist-lock properly. There are lots of technical details. But if you’re willing to stick it out, the benefits are definitely there.

    And it also sounds like you’re interested in the spiritual component. It’s very much present in Aikido. Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido was an accomplished martial artist himself. But he came up with this art after a series of spiritual revelations convinced him he had it all wrong all along; that he sought to overcome opponents in the past, when the art should not have been about dominating others, but about overcoming one’s weaknesses. He dubbed aikido “a path of improvement” for human beings and thought that his new art could help bring peace to the world through the path of non-contention.

  3. Night-Wing3000 says:

    Kempo Goju Karate. Point blank

  4. Secret Asian Man says:

    Tai Chi? It practices slowly how block punches or a one two punch. Plus it’s good for meditation as you are forgetting many problems in loyf while you are imagining someone throwing a one two punch at ya or a kick , while visually and physically blocking the assault..

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