The importance of taking a self defense class!

15th April 2017

The importance of taking a self defense class!
Violent crime in the USA has decreased by 16.5 percent in the last 10 years – great news! However this does make it easy to fall in to the trap of thinking “It'll never happen to me”, last year there was still nearly 1.2 million violent crimes committed.

The last thing we want to do is cause you unnecessary worry.. but there is no harm in being prepared just in case the situation arises right?
There were 330,000 robberies in the US last year
More than 90,000 cases of rape in the last 12 months
Over 40% of robberies included a firearm.

Learning to defend yourself is an important life skill. It's all too easy for people not to appreciate danger until they've experienced it.

Unfortunately anyone can be involved in a violent alteration, whether you're a 18 year old on your way home or a 40 year old on their way back from work.
Attacks are largely based on opportunity rather than profiling.

Self defense classes aren't necessarily about fighting.. it's about noticing danger signals and taking measures before a violent alteration.

Why is self-defence important?

Imagine it's dark and you're walking down the street on your way home from work. You've had a long day, you're tired. It's late at night. Someone suddenly steps out in front of you.


How would you react? What would you do next? Most people won't know. If it's a new experience, how could you possible know?

Self-defence classes equip you to deal with situations like this. How can you spot potential danger before you find yourself in the middle of it? How to overcome an attacker who is bigger than you?

It's not as difficult as it sounds.. By effectively using your own body weight you can easily strike or floor your attacker and get clear of any danger.

The aim is to deal with these situations as quickly as possible, using your surroundings as an advantage. It's extremely easy for newcomers to learn, but requires discipline to learn the key principles.

Best Martial Arts for Self Defence:

There are hundreds of different styles of martial arts, and naturally some are better suited to seld defense than others.

Arguably the number one choice for self-defence and the relative new comer to martial arts is Krav Maga, a form of Israeli battlefield combat. It's the perfect combat style for disarming and opponent and trains students to deal with real-world scenarios. For example 40% of attackers have guns, in Krav Maga you practice disarming attackers with plastic guns. Krav gives you the awareness, confidence and ability to deal with any situation, even if you are smaller than your attacker. This is why it's become so popular with women in particular.

Krav Maga classes teach to deal with dangerous situations efficiently and effectively against a variety of attacks, such as kicks, strikes, chokes and attacks from behind. It's a tried and tested method, used with over 500 military and law agencies worldwide.

Aikido is another popular style of self defense. The aim of Aikido is to defend yourself against an attacker whilst no injuring them. It's all about precision and control.

Aikido focuses on avoiding confrontation and encouraging harmony. It mainly teaches flexibility, endurance and coordination and is less focused on aggression and strength.

A final style of martial artsthat is popular for self-defence is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. BJJ, which is actually an evolution of a Japanese judo method, is ideal for self-defence as its techniques are realistic and effective when it comes to fighting.

Women and children often prefer BJJ. This is because it teaches you to overcome stronger, bigger opponents by using a variety of techniques. It also preaches control. Knowing a martial art does not mean you should abuse your strength.

How to find a local self defense class

Due to the rising demand many Martial Arts clubs are putting on specialised self-defence classes. This means finding a session to suit your needs is easy.
It's especially easy when you factor Martial Arts Near You in to the equation. All you have to do is search using your location and you can view all of your local martial arts classes.
If you're looking for a specific style such as self defense, all you need to do is refine your search. If you're looking for a local krav maga class or an local aikido class for example.
Once you have found a local martial arts instructor that suits your needs, all you need to do is use the orange contact button and send them an email.

If you're searching on your mobile phone just download the NearYou App for iPhone and iPad App. It's seriously fast and very easy to use.
Source: Martial Arts Near You