The Best art to study is MMA. You should learn all aspects of fighting and with the advancements in MMA today no one can disagree. Our military use parts of it as well as the police. It's hard in my oipnion to find a good school but I am lucky here in DC . Let me give you an example For all those who skated in the 70's layed the ground work for the guys who skated in the 80's who laid the ground work for the 90's to the present day skater who does stupid tricks that people in the 70's and 80's couldnt even dream up. The same goes with martial arts . MMA has the abilty to translate to anyone how to become the best possible fighter where 10 years ago it was really unheard of because Martial arts in general was so linear. I am not good with words so I hope my example was good enough for you to understand. In fighting terms GSP and Anderson Silva are two of the most amazing fighters only because of evolution. There is no way a Royce Gracie , Bruce Lee , Carlos Newton could ever beat them. Not because they don't have mad skills but the fact the MMA is at a level where it has never been before. For the person who started this thread if you like to get your ass kicked learn MMA Kick? or get kicked? MMA meaning what exactly?