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Which Martial Art to Study? -- More Feedback/Answers

Two days ago I posted, "Which martial art to study?" - a reader asked me which I'd recommend. I shared my experience, but also reached out to the crowd here since I know we've got some martial artists who stop by.

Some fantastic replies.

Julio wrote:

I would tend to agree with Sebastian, it depends more on the teacher and your connection with him or her than the actual art, though some arts will be easier than others to master (depending on your body type).

There are only a few things I would add. First, Systema is not only an amazing fighting art, but actually can teach you how to be calmer. There are no forms or formal meditation or exercises, but the way it is taught and its focus on introspection achieves a lot of the same things. I have many years of kung fu and meditation experience and can tell you that it can give you amazing access to these spaces in a very short amount of time.

When it's okay to let someone else "do that"

On Kicking Thoughts

Less than 6% of people in the USA practice martial arts. 316 Million people in the US of A with 1 person for every 1,755 practices a Martial Art. 50% of people in Martial Arts will continue to Black Belt.

Of that population 1 in 1,000 will obtain their Black Belt. (Wait, you just said only 1 in a thousand get their Black Belt! Where'd you get the 50%?! - Patience Grasshopper!)

Of 100 people who promote past White belt, 3 will become Black Belts. (Yes, yes...50% - Keep reading!)

At each promotion, 50% of students will quit. Done, no mas, finito! That means, 50% continue to the next rank.

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