Dear Karate Joe,
I'm rather ambitious... I like to be the best at whatever I do. So I want to study *the best* martial art. In your opinion, which martial art is *the best*?
Sincerely, Curious Curt
Curt... There is no "best" martial art. There are only best martial artists, and as you study them, I think your approach will change. Do what I did- study several martial arts so you can fight standing up, on the ground, or with traditional weapons. Train with the best instructors you can find. Don't worry about "styles" or the skills that others have. Put your heart into it, work hard and become great at what you do. If you are still compelled to be competitive, you can enter tournaments and compete in forms divisions or point sparring. It sounds like you will be great at whatever you set your mind to.
- Karate Joe