I'm looking to start training again, primarily to get in better health. I have about 6 years of karate and TKD, but that was 10+ years ago. I'm really out of shape, and I'll probably be puking and generally dying when I start training again. I've been starting a regular cardio routine, but it's boring and hard to stay motivated. 1. What are the some of the more practical styles? I'm going to devote a fair amount of time, so I should make it useful. For example, some ground techniques probably aren't practical for me, since going to the ground in a streetfight is usually a bad idea. I'm asking because there seems to be 40+ martial arts schools in various styles within a 10 mile radius and I'm not sure where to go. 2. Which style would be the most helpful for shedding weight? This is a top priority. I know all combat training is physically taxing, but some seem very anaerobic, which wouldn't be as helpful. Or is it less dependant on style and more on the class/school? I'm aware there are classes like cardio kick boxing, but that conjures up images of Taebo, which isn't what I'm looking for. 3. What are some criteria for selecting a place to train? How do I avoid McDojos? Any pros/cons for picking a smaller school versus a 'professional' school? For example, one of the schools near me is Professional Karate Academy in Red Bank, NJ. They claim to be a top 10 martial arts school in North America, whatever that means. That's great and all, but I feel kinda intimidated to even walk into a place like that. Sorry about the newbie post. I did do a lot of forum searches, and I'm big time into watching MMA, but it's difficult to apply knowledge of how pros/experts fight to my own situation. Pointing me to some online resources is great, too. Thanks!