Martial Arts to Increase Your Personal Security
Self Defence Classes Vs Martial Arts
Self defence classes teach you the basic manoeuvres to defend yourself if you’re assaulted and help you learn ways to avoid being assaulted in the first place. It is also true, however, that their benefits are limited in the aspect of actual confrontation with an attacker. To be able to fight off an attacker, you need to learn how to fight because if you miss, you will probably make the attacker even more angry. And this is where martial arts step in.
How Training of Martial Arts Increases Your Personal Security
Martial arts refer to a variety of combat practices which are trained for a number of reasons including competition and health but they are most often practised for self defence purposes. The emphasis is thus on learning combat techniques which improve your ability to defend yourself in case you get physically assaulted. Just like self defence classes, however, martial arts also increase your confidence, self-esteem, concentration and awarenesses of the surroundings, and improve your fitness level. Thus training of martial arts helps reduce the risk of physical assault because the attackers are less likely to pick on a person who walks self-confidently and looks like they might fight back.
There is no guarantee that martial arts will enable you to overcome the attacker, no matter how hard you train because it would be foolish to attempt to fight if the attacker has a gun for instance. Also, most martial arts base on avoidance of potentially dangerous situations. But if you find yourself compelled to fight, you have a greater chance to overcome the attacker if you’re skilful in martial arts than if you know only the basic self defence manoeuvres.
Popular Martial Arts
Many martial arts are learned for self defence purposes. Some of the most popular ones include:
Karate. It is a martial art which originates from Okinawa, Japan. Karate involves learning of both offensive and defensive moves, while the emphasis is on quick and powerful blows using all parts of the body.
Judo. It is another martial art that was developed in Japan. Its invention is credited to Kano Jigoro (1860-1938) who also played an important role in the establishment of Judo and kendo an integral parts of the Japanese school programme. As a martial art, Judo teaches you how to disable the attacker by targeting sensitive points of the body.
Kung fu. It refers to a variety of ancient Chinese fighting styles which vary from one “school” to another. Kung fu uses both hard and soft techniques which have both offensive and defensive purposes.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu. This martial art was developed from a style of Judo by Carlos Gracie (1902-1994) and his brothers. It is one of the most self-defence-oriented martial arts and focuses on techniques which allow a weaker person to overcome a stronger attacker.