Re: Martial arts (could use your thoughts)
To learn weapons disarms and "situational tactics," if you will, I would look into Krav Maga or some variant therein. I am taking a sort of mixed martial arts course with an emphasis on Krav Maga, and having researched it for several months, I find it particularly effective. It is not a sporty, sparring kind of thing, though. It is designed to effectively, brutally deal with combatants though a kick-in-the-balls kind of approach, similar to the stuff in the movie Taken and the Bourne Trilogy. In real life Krav Maga is employed by the Israeli Defense Force and the Mossad I believe.