Choose an academy of martial arts. That is what I decided to do, but how to decide? I knew I wanted to get into some form of self defense, but I am overwhelmed by the huge variety of different martial art styles there are. It seems like there is a Tae Kwon Do and Karate school in every town, but would any of them be the right academy of martial arts for me? I had to select a style. I was fascinated by the Chinese arts because of the popularity of the name Kung Fu in popular culture. Kung Fu seemed to me the most common in movies and such, so I began looking into finding an academy of martial arts that was Kung Fu based. Then I realized that Kung Fu has dozens of varieties even within itself!
That basically sent me back to square one. Mantis, Wing Chun, Wu Shu. As cool as these words sounded, none of them meant much to me nor helped my quest to find an academy of martial arts. The yellow pages were filled with ads, so they did not help much either. Then I met a friend who was really into Karate. It turns out he went to an academy of martial arts that hosted sifus and senseis of a few different styles of martial art. If I attended there, I would be allowed the chance to spend a few weeks in each vein of teaching and decide which was the best fit for my natural skills, preferences and body type.
According to what I am learning at the academy of martial arts, my height and long legs lend myself well to Tae Kwon Do. Unfortunately, my eye to leg coordination is not quite cut out for it, so I am focusing on one of the less leg oriented styles taught at the academy of martial arts. I enjoy learning self defense, and bettering my health and body through what I have learned at the academy of martial arts.