So, for the past couple years I've toyed off and on with the idea of signing up for regular martial arts training. I think it'd be beneficial to have a degree of skills in the self-defense area in case I ever need them, and also for fun! I've taken a few self-defense oriented classes and always find them to be unrealistic. They usually seem to lower confidence as opposed to increasing it. (By the way, I don't have any self-confidence issues, I just know what I'm capable of and I know I'd like to be more capable of defending myself. Glad we cleared that up.) I'd like to know what type of martial arts (or maybe using the term "martial arts" is wrong altogether in this case) training is most suited for real-world encounters and scenarios. I'm not really sure what questions I should be asking, so I guess I'll leave it at that for now.