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I'm a 22 year old vegan (I balance my diet well enough, and my last physical revealed nothing wrong) male who stands at 6 foot something, weighs in at 166 or so pounds, and hasn't really exercised since high school. For a while now, I've felt extremely limited, both in terms of the full extent of what I can do, both with my body and in general. It's depressing, to be frank, and so I'd like to break free of these limitations. Just now, I had the thought that a martial art might be the answer.
First off, I just want to say that I'm not looking to get into fights, stand up to bullies, or anything lame like that. Self-defense isn't really the issue either as I never get into trouble, though it's not guaranteed that I'll never be in a situation where I need to defend myself. For the most part, though, it's just a matter of me wanting to have greater control over my body and, furthermore, having the option to push that body further in terms of strength, speed, and agility whenever I so choose.
Given what I've outlined in terms of where I stand now (not morbidly unhealthy, but far from active and not remotely aggressive) and what I'd hope to gain from learning a martial art, would learning some form of self-defense be the best idea, or would I perhaps be better served elsewhere?
If the former, what exactly should I be looking for in a class? I don't want to get my ass kicked on the first day, exactly, but I also don't want to be Dwight Schrute, practicing alongside a bunch of 2nd graders. Basically, I don't want to be humiliated, but I'm also not looking to be given something that emphasizes self-esteem and keeping the customer happy over making significant progress.