Long answer, originally posted by Leo_E_49
If you are interested in starting martial arts training, the best way to do this is to seek a qualified instructor
and learn first hand. Learning from books and DVDs is not a good idea for a beginner, the same as you would not try to learn how to drive a car just by reading a book on it (without ever stepping into a car). The best way to go about finding a school is to look in the local yellow pages under "Martial Arts" and do a search on www.google.com
for martial arts in your area.