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    Newbie with a few questions

    I have been very interested in martial arts for quite a while, but have never had the motivation to get it started. I am overweight at 6'4" and 290lbs, and live in a small town with very limited styles available. The ones available are Danzan Ryu Jujutsu, Kenpo Karate, Aikido, Shim Shin Do, and Boxing. Which of these would be best to 1. Get into shape, 2. Be a viable real world self defense, and 3. be good for a future police officer? Thanks for any help provided.:help:

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    1. Boxing
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    3. Boxing

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    Thanks for the quick reply. Any chance you could elaborate as to why?

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    Boxing; as it is a very physically demanding sport it will get you in shape, it has a proven track record of making people better fighters, and as a police officer you will have people trying to punch you, just like in boxing.

    As an aside, the danzen ryu ju jutsu could be awesome, but more likely is terrible

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    Sorry to be a pest, but why would it be terrible?

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    For getting in to shape, boxing has its obvious benefits.

    For self-defense and possible law enforcement? Behold

    YouTube- Boxer Takes On Four Attackers
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    Quote Originally Posted by thistle87 View Post
    Sorry to be a pest, but why would it be terrible?
    if it lacks consistent sparring the students will not know how to defend themselves. this is a major problem for arts that do not regularly compete

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    Thanks for the replies. Very much appreciated. Now I just have to hope the boxing gym here is worth something. It' is part of just a health and fitness club so I'm not sure what kind of training they have yet. Kinda leery about it.

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    1 & 2. Better to shop for a school then a style when looking for physical fitness benefits. However, I assume that the vast majority of boxing programs are hard core, due to the fact that they do lots of sparring. For self defense it also makes the most sense to once again shop for a school rather than a style. In spite of the great training I received in boxing, the focus was purely striking above the belt with no use of feet, knees, throws, takedowns and grappling.

    3. As for what is the most appropriate style for law enforcement application it is probably better to do searches or post a new thread requesting the opinions of LEOs. Since the LEOs put their life and limb on the line, their opinions on the best styles will be reality based.

    Anyway, good luck with your quest and welcome aboard!

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    Asia wrote some time ago that Japanese Ju Jitsu is good for LEO applications, as you aren't going to go to the ground or fight, hopefully, you just want to subdue the fucker and slap on the cuffs. Danzan Ryu Jujutsu (and Kenpo for that matter) have some good schools, amongst the watered down stuff. Vargas, a very respected member of this site, got owned by his Japanese Ju Jitsu Sensei in Florida - the guy was a tournie champ and ate him up on the mats.

    So the point being, school and instructor is usually a bit more important than the style, so do yourself a favor and check out the different options - in person on sparring nights. Ask the instructors when they spar or get it on or when the advanced people train hard and go that night. I watched a kiddie class once and told the instructor that I was a bb and wanted to work out hard and talked myself right into a TMA Karate instructor's class, three hours a day, starting at 6 AM. Good **** is out there, good luck.
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