"Meh" or "ugh" is about as much as I could muster when it comes to the Middle East nowadays. Each nation is still working through a long bloody laundry list of reforms but I'll probably be long dead before the region stabilizes.
Practicality? Most fighting styles are not fully versatile and some fighting styles are better in certain conditions than others. Being extremely good at one style is not as useful as being proficient in several different styles.