Do we really need to learn Self Defence? Is it something we should all do just in case? I’ll probably never need it, so what’s the point in doing it?
Well you never know what is around the corner!
Every day on social media, we are hearing about women and teens being victimised, mugged, bullied, beaten up, raped and murdered. I bet they never thought it would happen either.
But my husband can protect me, he’s strong.
He could be The Hulk or Bruce Lee, but what happens when you’re driving home from work and need to fill up your car with petrol? Or when you’ve been shopping and you’re walking back to the car with your hands full of yummy treats or wine? What about girls night out in town and waiting for a taxi home? Out alone walking the dog? Going jogging? Or somebody knocks on your door trying to ‘sell you something’?
The truth is we don’t think about attacks enough, because we want to believe that people are good and wouldn’t want to hurt us.
I’ve done Self Defence all my life, I’ve only ever had to use it once during a break in, but it gives me great confidence. Here’s some reasons why to start Self Defence lessons.
Why should we learn Self Defence?
You’ll be able to protect yourself and your loved ones
Self Defence helps women protect themselves and their family. It can be the difference between life and death.
In a situation where you are fighting for your life, the life of a friend, or even your own children, understanding how to defend yourself can save your life and the lives of your loved ones.
Self Defence builds confidence
When I was a child I was so shy, I was quiet and un-confident. That all changed when I started karate classes! Martial arts gave me a confidence that no one could question or take away. It showed me self worth and empowered me.
Nothing feels better than knowing you can take care of yourself mentally and physically. Being able to protect yourself in all situations is a confidence booster as much as it is a reassurance.
Self Defence teaches discipline
That discipline transfers over to all other areas of your lives. I know I am a better instructor because Self Defence taught me to be calm, control my breathing and respond to situations.
One of the biggest advantages to taking self defence classes is the way it makes you feel afterwards. You feel empowered. Self defense classes will build confidence in yourself, ultimately molding you into a better person.
These types of classes require the ability to do two things at once without falling over. Self Defence classes teach you how to focus on your target while controlling your body.
Imagine being attacked and falling over… that could spell disaster! We train ourselves to stay balanced on our feet.
Fight or Flight
The point of a self defence class is to prepare you for any situation that may bring harm to you or a loved one. Practicing prepares you for the extra adrenaline that flows through your body, that may require you to fight. Adrenaline is your body’s way of responding to the fight or flight situation.
When you learn to control that adrenaline you can harness it. You’ll be much less likely to crumble under the pressure.
Self Defence classes build your reflexes. The more you practice, the more your body becomes used to it. Reflexes will improve with each class and you’ll be more likely to be ready.
A fighter’s reflex is different from your normal reflexes, if someone caught me off guard I know I’d attempt to block it. When you are being attacked it is better to know how to respond. You’ll know how to move and strike, quickly and above all in the correct places. You’ll learn weak points and triggers, even the perfect place to aim for to end the attack quickly.
Improve street awareness
You will become more aware of your surroundings. You never plan to be attacked, but your attacker is the one with the plan. Self defence classes will help you to be aware at all times and ready. You will have the necessary reactions to protect yourself.
Self defence classes can prepare you for battle and most importantly, your survival. You’ll develop a warriors spirit and be able to save yourself or a loved one.
Martial Arts has helped me be strong! I know I have the strength to fight back. You also build a tolerance to being hit (not that we hit you) and you’ll be able to carry on without collapsing at the first strike.