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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 -

Kickboxing Vs Thai Boxing, the Difference!!

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When I was 10 my father trained me for kick boxing, Thai boxing and various other combat practices. He told me that it would help me for my self-defense, it will improvise my physical health and fitness. At that time I was not aware of what all that was, till I entered my 12th year of age. One day I was surfing on the internet and was reading about random things. I searched for martial arts, not knowing that they all weren't same at all. There are thousands of martial arts techniques practiced daily in the world, some of them are:

Surma stickfighting, Capoeira, Dambe, Nguni Stick Fighting, Bare knuckle boxing, Istunka, Vale Tudo, Nuba fighting, Wen-Do, Bojuka, kickboxing, Bok Fu, Close Quarters Combat, Perisai Diri, Kuntao, Tarung Derajat, Chun Kuk Do, Collegiate wrestling, Judo, Karate, Kendo, Thai boxing, Kyūjutsu, Kyudo, Ninjutsu, Danzan-ryū, Emerson Combat Systems, Gaidojutsu, And many more…

And I was aware of only few of these Thai Boxing, kick boxing, Judo, Karate and Ninjutsu which my father use to teach me daily.At first I thought that kick boxing and Thai boxing are the same, but later on I came to know that

kick boxing is a group of martial arts and stand-up combat sports based on punching and kicking, originated from, Muay Thai, Karate and Western boxing. It is moreover a type of Hybrid martial arts. Japanese kickboxing was originated in the late 1960s, while in America it was in 1970’s and,

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