If you take a look at the medical field, there is Eastern and Western medicine. Eastern medicine, especially the ancient traditional stuff such as herbal remedies has a lot to do with prevention and life style. Western medicine is good for last resort and removal. You really can't say which is better because depending on the situation one is better than the other, ultimately we need both.
Martial Arts is the same way, Eastern martial arts many times focuses more on life style and prevention techniques. Many times Western martial arts focuses purely on fighting.
Think about what styles or techniques are better suited for prevention and life style, and which ones are better for pure fighting.