Originally Posted by globetrotter
jill, I would go for krav maga - excellent for self defense, and can be an excellent cardio workout. it was basically developed to teach israeli soldiers to fight, in the shortest amount of time. so, if you are not interested in practising 4 hours a week for 2 or 3 years before you can hit somebody, krav is the way to go
Thanks, Globe. I think I've heard of that, and heard that it's a good all-round discipline. Maybe I'll look into it.
Drake, if you're looking for glamour in Polo, then I hope you have LOTS of coin. 95% of polo players are just weekend warriors. That is, we tack & groom our own horses. If you have at least $30K sitting around (10K each for three starter ponies), $2-5K/yr for greens fees, $1-2K for tack and other equipment, then $1-3K/yr for pro fees, then you can play at the entry level of low-goal polo. Not trying to discourage you, because if you like competitive sport, it is probably the most fun you can have in 7 minutes!! Just don't expect the "exclusivity" or "glamour" until you can hire a team of pros and buy them all $10-30K ponies (for a total of 24), and at least one full-time groom to handle the dirty work.
In any case, I encourage everyone to take at least one little set of polo lessons at some time in their lives. It's magical. And gives you a whole new appreciately for the athleticism of the ponies.