Looking for a martial art with real self defense and attack use (Bad Neighbourhood)!
I wasn't sure where to post my first thread, the military section seemed the right place though. I recently moved to Paris, France (nope, not Texas, I wish!). Unlike what most people seem to think it's not a clean, romantic, elegant and safe city like you see in movies. It's filthy, dangerous and the police is completely useless. I want to tell you a bit about what led me to this conclusion:
- When I first moved here I thought I was living the dream but then on my first day I was at one of the big trainstations in Paris, Gare du Nord. I'd been to a couple of bars to have a drink and hit on some pretty french girls and I was just coming home with this cute brunette called Clarisse. Anyway, a man ran out of the train station hand on his chest, bleeding! He'd just been stabbed and no one seemed to be helping him, in fact people were keeping their distances!
- A few weeks ago some guys got into the hallway of the building where I live and threatened to kill me if I didn't give them my phone, my money, my credit card with the code and even my "Carte Vitale" the french social security card. I gave them all that and because I wanted to make sure the door was shut when they went out so that they couldn't come back in and follow me into my apartment these bastards kicked the door back open, yelled "don't follow us" and knocked me against the wall where I lost consciousness, when I woke up there was no one there to help, no one had called an ambulance or anything...
What I'm trying to say is this: If the Police won't protect me I need to learn how to protect myself, right? I'm not very fit, I'm not fat, I'm not crippled but I don't have any predisposition for exercise if you get my meaning, I can't even do push ups and I have back pain (scoliosis). I would like to overcome that and be able to defend myself in the future. In France you can't own a gun and kill your attackers like you can in some countries, which is very unfortunate because I have no conscience when it comes to hurting those that hurt me and I'm quite a good shot. I'd need a martial art made for real combat, not sports, something that I can use to quickly knock someone out and in extreme cases when an opponent is armed and ready to use his weapon against me, kill.
I'm scared to go out at night and ever since I got mugged in my own building I feel scared to even leave my apartment and I get paranoid every time I see someone even remotely dodgy looking. Learning how to defend myself and then fight back would give me the confidence to overcome this.
What's a good martial art to learn for someone like me? I've been looking into Krav Maga, Systema and the like but I want a martial art that has good schools or teachers here in Paris, obviously if it's something too obscure there won't be any schools here. I'd really appreciate your recommendations!
Thank you for reading me!