interesting post ; i've also trained in a lot of styles (wrestling, tai chi, reality fighting, kickboxing, shaolin kung fu, combat sambo, systema) and i believe the best
style is no style.
the best move you use, may not be memorized, planned or choreographed, because you'll never know the circumstances and conditions... until it happens!
now, systema (which i trained in) has many skeptics and just as many proponents; in my experience, it was as close as i ever got to real world (short of being jumped).
i do remember talking with my teacher though and he said that all styles, irregardless of what they are, are hypothetical
at best and that there was/is no best style.
because if you really
trained with deadly intent and force, you or your training partners may not survive the training session...
i do like the above poster that mentioned running; sprinting is one of my top activities and i tell you what when you're talkin multiple attackers and weapons, i'll bust out right quick
in fact in any confrontation i'd prefer to be out before having to do battle unless it's my only choice (maybe all the yoga i've done is getting to me?)
that being said many martial arts are not defined as self-defense or fighting per se they are more survival systems and ways of life.
i resemble that; in other words, i want to go home at the end of the day and i want to live to see tomorrow