1. There's a bit conflict of interest in what you want. Self defense means lots of sparring and fighting, but that usually means a highly competitive environment and ego clashing that's not really good for inner peace. Inversely a peaceful art like taichi won't be good for self defense.

  2. Kickboxing,Karate(A good school of course),BJJ.And if you can’t pick then just go to a MMA Gym lol

  3. In my opinion, that whole thing about 'inner peace' and 'discipline' is a bunch of bs. The whole discipline thing my make sense when teaching children, but the whole 'inner peace' thing is some philosphical jumbo, unless you're willing to believe in it and follow whatever advice they give you. But, it really doens't line up with martial arts.

  4. Controversial opinion: If you're looking for a good mix of inner peace and self-defense, go with Okinawan/Japanese karate. Tai Chi (Kung Fu with most focus on meditation and Zen) isn't going to give you good self-defense because there's little or no sparring. Traditional karate has a good balance (just make sure it isn't Korean or American flavors like Kempo, Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do, etc). I would look for Shotokan, Isshin-Ryu, Shito-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, Shorin-Ryu, or Wado-Ryu.

  5. Most wing chun schools in my experience don’t do a lot of conditioning. Whereas combat sport oriented ones tend to make it a bigger focus. Wing chun is very fun though and I have enjoyed training it. If there’s a school nearby it’s worth doing a trial class and to see if it’s a good fit for you.

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