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Which martial art to study?

Quick request - a reader asked me which martial art he should study. If you're a martial artist or researched on the topic, please share your thoughts in the comments.

I got an email from a reader asking me about martial arts. I don't know all that much on the topic - I did some research, I practiced Krav Maga for a few months, and a lot of my friends art martial artists. But after I replied to the email, I realized I don't know exactly what would be best, so let's see if we can get more suggestions here.

Here's the parameters -

Also, a more personal question, and frankly the biggest reason for this e-mail: I've been meaning to learn a little self-defense and I want to know, what martial art do you recommend? I'm looking for something that emphasizes mental discipline, relaxed awareness and control, rather than raw strength, athleticism or physical toughness. Or do you recommend otherwise? I'm in my twenties and in Ok shape, although I don't exercise much (my height is 1.87 and my weight is around 85kg, if that's important).

Here's my original reply -

If you're in Munich, go to BMW World

BMW Welt website.

Simon Payne, a regular reader of the site and quite a cool guy, is going to be in Munich on the 16th of May (3 days from now). He asked what to do there? I said - BMW World.

It's really, really cool. I like factories and machines anyways, and touring the factory you get to see this marvelously amazing German system of work. Excellent craftsmanship, attention to detail, safety, precision. It's really amazing, inspiring stuff.

If you're in Munich or going to go to Munich, it's highly recommended. Simon will be there on Monday if you want to grab a coffee or tour the factory with him - cost is 8 euros, and if I remember correctly they give you some nice snacks and drinks with that anyways.

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