Hey all - first post ever in here so please bear with me. I'm sure this gets asked a lot so I'll be quick. I'm starting a new university in October and they have a range of societies with different martial arts. The choices are: Aikido - with an emphasis on "real life" situations (if that's possible.) Taekwondo Shorinji Kempo Wing Chun Kung Fu I'm not a tough guy. I don't go out looking for fights. I don't want to kick anyones ass. I don't want to compete or get in a cage or anything like that. However, I am a smaller guy (5ft 7 and about 165lbs) and I'd like to choose something that might help me with basic self-defence, should the need ever arise. I'm reasonable athletic- I lift weights regularly (part of F&N crew) and I'm fit aerobically too. In your opinion, what would be my best choice? I was thinking Aikido simply because I'm smaller and it would let me control a larger opponent, but I'm worried that there is very little striking. I can't really throw a good punch to be honest. Thanks for your suggestions, if any. If you think they're all worthless, please say so.