Choice between 2 arts; Which would you choose?
I realize this may not fit into this category, but I figured it was the best sub-forum to post this in.
I'm a college student and my school offers martial arts classes in the Physical Education department. I'm registering for Fall classes next week and I'm curious to hear your opinions on this. I really wanted to take Judo, but it's not offered this Fall, so here are my options: either Karate (I believe it is Shotokan) or Aikido.
Now, I'm 6' 3" around 240 lbs. I know Aikido is similar (in some aspects) to Judo, but I'm looking for something that is a sport or at the very least something I could use to defend myself and I've heard that it takes several years to be able to defend myself.
So, what would you recommend (and if possible, could you explain why)?