Its not easy choosing a Martial Art for many reasons, people have many different desires for their Martial Arts experience.
The following will be an evaluation of which discipline is the best for protecting yourself.
Tai Chi 20
Not meant for combat purely therapeutic.
Wrist locks with out positional control are mostly theatrical.
Relying on stealth does not properly show defensive capabilities.
Watered-down kickboxing and a focus on multiple step reactions.
Wing Chun 16
Rotating and intercepting hand techniques are unreliable in sparring.
Is effective if armed with a Katana or weapon of similar proportions or balance.
Watered Down Kickboxing and a focus on multiple step reactions.
Effective if sticks or rods are nearby.
Effective if long stick is nearby.
Jiu Jitsu 11
Effective unarmed striking and grappling but not ideal.
Phenomenal coordination and distance management with deadly kicks.
Tae Kwon Do 9
Phenomenal coordination, kicks and footwork.
Ability to choose where the fight takes place positional advantages competition proven.
Distance, stopping power, coordination, reaction time and evasive maneuvers competition proven.
Distance, stopping power, coordination, competition proven.
Krav Maga 6
Awareness, mentality, weapon competency, unarmed competency.
Mentality, clinche, stopping power competition proven.
Muay Thai 4
Mentality, clinche, determining where the fight takes place, distance, stopping power.
Choose where the fight takes place, competition proven.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 1
The best self defense discipline and should be taught as a prerequisite for becoming a soldier or police officer.