Much of the general self-defence curriculum attempts to teach students how to recognise the signs of risky situations that may not be inherently obvious.
Learning how to de-escalate threats and avoid potential danger without compromising your safety is a remarkable skill. However, a program can point out what usually works best, but each situation is unique, and the best decision rests with the individual.
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The goal of being prepared for self-defence is different from training in a specific martial art. Yet, learning a particular style might equip you to apply your skills if necessary.
Practical experience or years of training in a specific self-defence style, whether it's Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, karate, etc., is the best way to become prepared for a dangerous situation.
Knowing how to defend yourself in case it is needed is a good feeling. But the concept of self-defence is broad and includes many schools of thought.
Before you pay for self-defence classes, there are some things you should know that will help you in the long run.
Many martial arts fakers teach unrealistic and often foolish techniques. For example, it's good to learn how to knee an assailant in the groin, but it becomes instantly dangerous if they claim that these techniques can equip you with the skill to overcome multiple attackers.
You should be aware in what discipline your instructor trained. You want to take a self-defence course at a martial arts school that offers instruction in a specific discipline.
We've all been there when where you are on the verge of throwing in the towel – perhaps just 5 minutes before class ends or in the middle of the most intense part of training.
As time went by, you probably realized that you could actually keep going, especially when you set your mind to it.
Self-awareness is the recognition of one's own emotional state at any given point in time.
We are far to often, wholly unaware of the emotional state we are currently in, and the degree to which that state influences our behavior and thought process.
It starts with knowing what your time is worth. For instance:
Understand that there will be tradeoffs, but that it can be managed.
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