First of all, I want to explain a little bit about my background and experience, which has led me to my current perspective on this question. I have formally studied Ninjutsu, Kung Fu, San Shou, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. I have studied several other styles through books and videos, which is not the same as training at an actual school with a real life teacher, but I am at least familiar with the basics of those arts.
As I learn more and more about different styles, I can’t help but notice the similarities between them at their essences. I find that each style has much to offer, and I guess I sort of love ‘em all!
One question that may be good for students (especially adults) to ask is, “Will I be able to practice this style for a long period of time?” I’ve seen some styles that seem to emphasize cool, flashy, acrobatic techniques, but I don’t think my body could handle such techniques now, let alone in 10 years.
One of the things that I really like about Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is that I feel like I should be able to practice it for years to come. My instructor never asks me to do anything that would produce a great degree of wear and tear on my body, or to rely on skills that are likely to greatly diminish with age.