OK - I am not sure this is the right forum, but it fits here better than most of the others. Since there are several variations on the many martial arts styles, what do you like best? What martial arts discipline do you follow and why? What made you choose your style over the others? I chose to train in Aikido, and have been at it for about 9 months. Getting ready to test for 5th kyu next week and I am very excited. Passing this test means that I am actually learning the art and advancing. I chose Aikido becuase it is a "soft style". At my age, I am not really into a lot of kicking and striking. Instead, Aikido teaches leveraged throws and pins, locks, and re-direction of your opponents' energy. I also like the fact that the art, and my sensei, believe in respecting your attacker. You want to subdue the attacker without necessarily injuring him, or yourself.