I began training in martial arts and combat sports over twenty-five years ago. At first, I was interested in learning a few self-defence skills. I didn’t research at all, I just dived in and joined a club that my friend had started to attend. I was lucky to find a system that suited my needs and an instructor who was experienced and skilled. These days, I advise people to research first, just to be on the safe side.
Anyway, as time has gone on, I have moved away from the complex technical stuff towards fun, pleasure, and sport. My article on Progression gives my thoughts on this.