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Top 10 Reasons Why Everyone Should Take Self Defense techniques
Nothing feels better than knowing you can take care of yourself mentally, financially, and physically. However for a lot of people, the physical part is just exercise. Being able to protect yourself in all situations is a confidence booster as much as it is a reassurance. A reassurance that can only be gained through any form of self defense classes. Today, when people think about self defense classes, they tend to think about women and children. However, self defense classes (and practices such as karate, boxing, jiu jitsu, ect. ), are for everyone. I believe in the power of knowledge and practice when it comes to self defense. In gathering the reasons why it is important for everyone to take these classes, I talked with a 6th degree black belt, Master Olson, who owns his own karate school. Through our conversations, I was provided with these 10 reasons why taking self defense classes is beneficial to everyone. 1. It builds confidence One of the biggest advantages to taking self defense techniques is the way it makes you feel afterwards. A lot of people are unconfident with their abilities to protect themselves before they join a practice, or take classes. This can be due to personal experiences, as well as driven by the news. We hear a lot about the negativity in our society, and this can leave people feeling unprotected. Self defense classes will build confidence in yourself. If you are getting bullied, it is also a great way to protect yourself and grow confidence in yourself, ultimately molding you into a better person. 2. It works on your balance Let’s face it, some of us can’t walk and chew gum at the same time – myself included. These types of classes require a lot out of your body, including the ability to do two things at once without falling over. Improving your balance also means improving focus. Karate and self defense classes teach you how to focus on your target while you control your body. Without balance it is almost impossible to fight. Through gaining your body control and balance, you will be better prepared to protect yourself. 3. It helps develop self-discipline “The only discipline that lasts, is self-discipline.” -Bum Phillips. In order to learn and grow with your self defense abilities, you have to develop self-discipline. You have to be motivated and dedicated to the practice. In order to be better protected-you have to keep practicing. Actually going to class and showing up on a regular basis develops discipline. Taking these types of classes will get you focused on your personal protection and on your surroundings. Like with any other sport, you can’t get better if you don’t practice. ⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄ Want to Live a More Organized Life? Grab Lifehack's Full Life Planner to plan your week ahead! Grab My Planner! ⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄ 4. It helps improve your physical conditioning The whole point of self defense techniques is to prepare you for any situation that may bring harm to you. Physical conditioning is extremely important when it comes to self defense. Training and practicing prepares you for the adrenalin dump when a situation arises that may require you to fight. When someone comes after you, you will experience what is called an adrenalin dump. It’s your body’s way of responding to the fight or flight situation. It only last a few seconds, so you need to be physically conditioned to appropriately deal with a dangerous situation. If you aren’t, your body will not work as well as you need it to after the adrenalin dump . Physical conditioning will work on your reflexes and your awareness of an attack. When you are fighting it is important to be focused both mentally and physically. If you are prepared, you will be more successful in a dangerous situation and the dump won’t take all your energy from you. 5. It improves your street awareness Self defense classes will make you more aware of your surroundings. You’re never planning to be attacked, but your attacker is the one with the plan. Self defense classes will help you to be aware at all times and ready, should this type of situation arise. You might be shocked for a second, but you will have the necessary reactions to protect yourself. Master Olson was telling me about how his classes teach you to think about where you can be attacked and where your attacker could be hiding. Always be aware of your surroundings. 6. It teaches you self-respect The practice of karate, and many other practices like it, are centered around trust and respect. It teaches respect of each other, and respect for yourself. This is beneficial in life. If you don’t respect yourself, then how can you respect others? When you are practicing your self defense moves you will be practicing with a partner. There needs to be mutual trust between the two of you to not hurt each other, but still practice well. If you do not respect yourself it is unlikely that others will respect you and have that mutual trust. 7. It helps to develop a warrior spirit We all watch the news and see how terrible it can be. Taking self defense classes will help you develop a sort of warrior spirit. We all know that if we are attacked, the last thing we want to do is get in that van of our assailant. Self defense blog can prepare you for battle and, most importantly, survival. If you are attacked, you don’t want to go to a secondary location, and having self defense on your side will help prevent that from happening. You will have a sense of “I am going to survive here, not down the road.” 8. It helps you develop a fighters reflex In a fight, movement is power. You can’t stand around and wait for your attacker’s next strike, you have to move! Self defense classes will help develop your reflexes and you will gain a fighter’s reflex. A fighter’s reflex is different from your normal reflexes. In normal situations you respond to something that happens. When you are being attacked it is better to know how to respond. Fighter’s reflex will allow you to move quickly and smartly in the situation. You will know where to step and where to throw your punch. You will be prepared. 9. It will help you with goal setting Self defense techniques help you to set goals. Whether you want to nail a specific move, or work hard to feel like you can protect yourself, you are setting a goal. It gets you back in class each week, and will help you in your everyday life. It helps you develop a drive that you may not have had before. If you take your goal setting seriously within your self defense classes, it can roll over into your everyday life, helping you get through any tough situation that comes your way. 10. It has a positive influence on your life Unlike a lot of things in life, taking self defense techniques will always have a positive impact on your life. Each and every one of the reasons above are proof of this. Taking self defense classes can boost your spirits and make you a more confident and better version of yourself. It’s important to have things in life that we can rely on to make us happy- taking these kinds of classes does just that. -A note from the Master himself- “After reading these reasons, you may be curious as to how to find an instructor. Location is the easy answer, but it is better to do some research before you make the commitment to an instructor. Do some investigative research online and find out who your instructor truly is. How long have they been in the practice? Have they competed at a high level? Do they have any street attack experience? Who did they train under? It’s not about sport- it’s about reality.”
Ninja Art; Killer Kicks 101
In the image I have provided you can see the proper form of a classic round house kick. To start simply raise your knee up to your torso. As you kick twist your hips and unleash your attack. Be certain to have enough control not to pass the center of your body. It is important to bring your leg back in and return to your original stance after this or any other kick. This insures a safe finish in case you miss. A side kick is simallar to the round house. First start by raising your knee to your torso and then twist 90 degrees lifting your foot up to your knee. Stike using the ball of your foot then return to the twisted raised knee position. Twist back into the standard raised knee position and then return to your standard position. Next is the standard front kick. Like with the round house lift your knee to your torso then perform your kick. Try and hit with the ball of your foot. Once you have completed the kick bring your leg in and return to your stance. A crescent kick is much like the front kick and is useful for disarming opponents or surprising them. Bring up your knee and arc your kick either inward or outward depending on the situation. After completing the kick you should be in the standing position with your knee raised to your torso. From this you can kick again or return to your stance. The windmil kick is a little more difficult and less likely to see combat for beginers. Using your front foot twist around raising the other knee. As you return to facing your opponent unleash your kick. Do not cross over the center of your body. Once completed return to the position of one raised knee and then again to the starting position. Finally we have reached the back kick. Raise your knee as you would for any other kick and then begin to crouch forward. Unlease your kick while maintaining your balance. Then return to your starting stance. As you practice these kicks always start by lifting the attacking leg into the raised knee position. From there try to mix it up, you may need to change a kick in an instant so it makes for good practice. Also practice spinning 90 degrees from that stance to change directions. It seems silly but comes in handy and can be a real game changer.