I think I'd like to take up some kind of martial art for both self-defense and exercise reasons. There are some quizzes online, but I don't really know how to answer a lot of the questions, given that I have never done this kind of thing before. I'm located in Houston, TX so I imagine I have a lot of options. More details on me and my preferences inside.
I'm 23, female, and in OK shape -- 5'7", about 165lbs and could stand to lose a few... probably pretty average body type. Not frail, not athletic-looking, not fat. I am not much of a runner/cardio person but am trying to change that (not necessarily via martial arts). I've been taking LesMills BodyPump (group barbell, high rep/low weight) and yoga classes at my YMCA. They do not offer martial arts classes for adults so I know I will be looking for a different location to practice. I don't really have any leanings toward anything at the moment. Boxing sounds kind of cool but I don't know if it's the right idea for me.
-- Would like to be doing this thing maybe 2-3 times a week.
-- Cost is not a huge issue, but I don't want to sink a ton
of money in, especially before I decide I really want to get into it.
-- As stated before, would like to improve fitness as well as learn some practical
self defense skills.
-- I would like to not ruin my joints, especially in my hands and wrists.
-- I'm ambivalent about also getting a history/language/religion lesson. Wouldn't mind some, would prefer it to not be a big focus.
-- I am TERRIBLE at learning choreography/remembering more than a couple new body movements at a time... this is my main worry about this whole thing. I briefly tried a kickboxing class when I was a freshman in college and had a hard time because I couldn't remember what I was supposed to be doing next! Kickboxing is not out of the question to try again, though...
-- I'm frankly not particularly competitive. I like pushing myself to improve, am fine with the idea of sparring, but I don't feel a mighty need to enter in tournaments or that sort of thing. Not against it, just not something I'm looking for.
(Have also read this thread on martial arts for weight loss
, but seems to only sorta apply to me.)