About 2.5 years ago are church started offering a program called ABKA (American Bushido KI Karate). I had never studied a martial art, and was skeptical at first. But i wanted something to do with my son, so we started up. At the time 36 and about 35 lbs overweight I was more interested in something to do with my son, and figured this would be easy and fun.
ABKA is run by Sensi Denny Holzbauer a six time world kick boxing champion, and holder various degreed black belts in several martial arts. He
developed ABKA to teach a wide range of martial arts skills to novices and experts alike. Also he uses the program as an interesting and unlikely
vehical to spread the Gospel. While fun, easy hasn't really entered the equation......
The program is a mix of Karate, (mostly Shotokan and some Koykushin styles), Judo, and Jujitsu. Also some boxing thrown in as well.
The first year and a half I trained directly under Sensi Holzenbaur...quite the experience.
I am currently a blue belt and should be testing for purple soon. If my aging body can hold out ...I hope to make my first black belt shortly after
turing 40. Howver; I probably need to focus for 3 to 6 months on a condition program. We are getting into stuff that I can't do effectively until I
loose say 20 more pounds.
I have learned quite a bit and done many things I did not think ( at least at my then current age and condition) I could do.
However; I will tell you that while I feel confident that I would do better in a street situation then I would have 3 years ago, I would still do my
best to avoid it. Glock Fu is for that......
What is "best" is what you can comfortably learn......