Originally Posted by rargos
I think martial arts are VERY valuable in many ways, but if you're just looking to defend yourself, I would be less concerned with hours, ranks, and styles and more concerned with general fitness and "toughness".
I actually AGREE! Fitness is very important.
Once at an Isshinryu school a woman told me that size and strength does not matter. Yea, she really believed that.
But if that didn't matter, why does Boxing, wrestling, MMA, even martial arts tournaments have divisions? Why do the women not spar the men?
We all here know the answers. Yes skill is important, but size, strength, stamina, and such all matter. The more fit you are the better off you are.