Well lets see here.
I started out with Chu'an Fa otherwise know as "Chinese Kempo", and it is the start art for the Japanese Kempo arts.
Chu'an Fa is a very versatile art, it is straight forward and extremely fast paced with about 10 hits per 1 or 2 second periods. all with what is
called "even flow" constant movement attacks and defenses.
Then I switched to Wing Tsung gong fu. Another straight forward martial art, except this one is streamlined and one can become extremely effective in
the art in a short period of time. This is Wing Tsung in a street fight:
I have studied Brazilian Jujitsu as taught by the US Army as well.(I was not in the army but the people I learned from, including my brother, are.)
I believe it is important to know what to do on the ground should the need arise.
All in all, I'd say avoid sticking to one style over the other. They all have their merits. In a fight(Which in Reno happens more often than I'd
like) I switch styles instantly depending on the situation. If I get rushed I go to Jujitsu, if I have 2 or 3 guys on me I use Wing Tsung and Chu'an
Fa interchangeably, Melt into your art whatever it maybe, melt in to all of them if you can. Like I said they are all useful.
I've even been known to use boxing techniques, and when I teach someone a few skills I tend not to teach them down style lines and I try to show them
specifically what works and what doesn't in real life scenarios.
You don't want to spring into a Tai Chi Whip in the middle of a multi-man melee. Nor would you want to hit someone half your size 30 times in one
second. The idea is to know how much force is needed and when to apply it.
For instance, if it's a big dude(I mean big, with muscles and all) feel free to strike nerve collections in the neck, underarms, and testicles. If
it's a small guy, lock up the arms and toss the kid a few feet. He probably won't get up to do much except walk away.
And always remember, BE RESPONSIBLE. If it is a matter of survival like WW3 then don't worry, time will clean up the body(as you should be using
nothing short of deadly force). If it is just a scuffle or a random mugging, don't be quick to strike that finishing blow, you may want to save some
for the cops.