Originally Posted by xeberus
Any gym that offers belts and teaches forms, avoid them. They are almost always a joke, especially if they offer some form of striking.
muay thai, kickboxing or boxing are always good choices.
Never join a gym where you feel you could kick the guys asses who you train with.
That first paragraph is rediculous. If that was true, Lyoto Machida wouldn't have made it twenty minutes in MMA. Chuck Liddel never would have become interested in Martial Arts. And Bruce Lee wouldn't even exist.
Whether its a boxing/kickboxing/MT school, or its a more traditionalistic school(Karate/Kung Fu/TKD), its all dependant on the teacher(I completely agree with paragraph 3 in context). A bad fighter only exists with a bad teacher.
As for the OP, shopping around is the best idea to find the proper school/dojo for you. Contrary to ^^this guy's opinion, traditional martial arts are definitely NOT a waste of time. Bruce Lee spent 10 years learning Wing Chun Kung Fu(very traditional, but a very direct and to the point MA) as well as crosstraining in things like boxing/kickboxing and judo. And if its good enough for Bruce, its good enough for me!