It's tough choosing a Martial Art without advice.
Even in the same art (in my case Aikido), without being informed of various styles of instruction (in my case drilling vs, traditional), how can you make a choice? Especially if you do not even know you have a choice.
Saying "sample local schools" is true. But if you don't know what to look for beyond "fit", or are advised to "check previous discussions on the forum" a newby is left puzzled. I know I was.
And do not ask me where to look for previous discussions. I never found them.