I will be moving to Cardiff in August and will be starting a martial art when I get there. I did some Shotokan Karate when I was younger but soon got fed up with prancing up and down a dojo all the time so I don't think I'll bother with that again. I am into Eastern philosophy, Buddhism and Taosim, so am looking for something that will compliment this, something that is mental as well as physical. I'm thinking aikido fits the bill? From what I've read I understand that it takes years to be able to put real aikido to use in a real situation, is this correct? I also want to do something involving strikes and that is instantly effective. There is pretty much every style of martial arts available in Cardiff and the surrounding area so I can do whatever I want. Krav Maga looks pretty brutal but effective, good combination with aikido? There is aikido te, is this what I'm looking for? Any suggestions will be much appreciated especially for specific schools as there is quite a selection to choose from. Manseikan aikido in Cardiff say that they concentrate on mind development, anyone know about them?