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If you are looking into martial arts for self defense then there are a number of different aspects to take into account. One excellent way to learn self defense is to learn martial arts. However, if you go in thinking you are going to move like Jackie Chan or Tony Jaa, then you have the wrong idea. If you think that you are going to come out like a cage fighter with some kickboxing moves or takedowns, you’ll likely end up dead. Read on, and you will learn some of the many misconceptions people have regarding self defense.

First off, self defense is ugly. It’s nitty gritty, and there’s nothing flashy about it. Most common causes for self defense situations involve sexual assault, theft and muggings, or hate crimes. If you want to learn martial arts so you can fight in a bar, that is not a self defense situation. That is a fight, and you will probably go to jail. If you are in a situation in public where Joe Meat-head is getting in your face, you may have provoked him. There are many simple ways out of this. The first being, “I’m sorry.” Many people are too proud to apologize, but how proud are you going to be asking someone to bail you out? Self Defense is a situation one where you have no option but to fight for your life. It is often times random, or at least unexpected. Bar fights can be de-escalated, either verbally, or by asking bar staff/security for help. Lose the ego. Keep your life. Your first lesson when you learn martial arts is that it should always be a last resort.

Second, self defense should be simple. When you start to learn martial arts, stick to the basics. Learn to apply them in multiple situations. Overly complicated techniques go out the window when your adrenaline is pumping your hands are shaking, and the tunnel vision kicks in. Very often the most basic instinctual techniques have the most impact when you learn martial arts for self defense. But very often when trying to execute a complicated technique, if done improperly, it can cause panic, and even anger your attacker even more. Use your strongest weapons on his weakest parts. Knees, elbows, feet and open hand strikes (Never punch, you’re more likely to break your hand) are very powerful when you know how, and where to use them. Targets to attack include the groin, eyes, throat, and legs.

Lastly, if you want to learn martial arts for self defense, you will also want to learn to use weapons for self defense. I’m not talking about nunchucks or swords. However, stick fighting is very applicable in any self defense situation. Ok, so you don’t carry a bo staff or a bamboo stick around on a regular basis. However, you can easily substitute a pool cue, baseball bat, or even a pen to use as a weapon. Wherever you learn martial arts, you will also want to learn to pay attention to your environment and learn to spot improvised weapons. Anything from nearby furniture, a sock full of rocks, or throwing your shoe can create a barrier or cause a distraction, giving you enough time to escape safely or gain an advantage on your attacker.

When it comes down to it, you want to keep things simple, avoid confrontations when possible, and pay attention to your environment. Understanding these three concepts when you learn martial arts is fundamental and without a doubt can save your life.


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Refreshingly practical discussion of a subject most teachers make unnecessarily complex.

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  about 5 years ago

Very good article and solid advice. I enjoyed reading it. I wholeheartedly agree with your philosophy on this subject.

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