There are a lot of questions which boil down to someone asking:
I want to learn a martial art, here are some criteria I want X, Y, and Z.
Nearly all are answered by
My style is super cool, you should train that!
These answers, which are sometimes well researched and thought out, boil down to a popularity contest. Many arts are very similar and it can be hard to see which would be a better answer between say Muay Thai and Kick Boxing or Savate were one to want a kicking and punching martial art. Also, most weapon and western arts are never present: what about fencing, archery, or Hema?…
The other answer is always
Art is irrelevant, teacher is what matters.
Which I think is kinda the best answer for all those questions.
I am all for increasing the volume of questions here provided that those are good questions. I do not think martial arts recommendations are good questions in general. I would be happy to have a community wiki with a generic martial art recommendation, perhaps with one answer per style as well as the accepted being "teacher > art/style". And all new martial art recommendation are marked as duplicate of that one.
What does the community think?
Is this a duplicate of Topicality of “What martial art should I practice” (and similar suggestion questions)? Kinda yes. However, the question was asked a long time ago. I think we should revisit with the experience of what questions were actually asked.