5 Reasons Everyone Should Take a Self-Defense Class
Knowing how to protect and defend yourself is an invaluable skill. Yet self-defense is about more than just understanding how to react if you are attacked. It can do amazing things for your body and your psyche.
Maybe you carry pepper spray, a tactical keychain, or some other type of self defense tool. Those are certainly handy. Knowing some basic combat skills is another added layer of protection.
What’s more, a class will help you gain confidence and self-esteem as you strengthen your body. Check out these benefits of learning self defense:
You Will Be Able To Protect Yourself
The most obvious reason to take a class in self-defense is, of course, learning how to protect yourself in any situation. Once you learn how to fight back against an attacker, you will feel confident walking alone. It won’t matter if you’re going home from the bar late at night or heading to your car in a deserted parking garage.
A class that teaches self-defense will also help you hone your situational awareness. We have become experts at distracting ourselves. As a result, we don’t pay the kind of attention to our surroundings that we should. You might just be thinking about what to have for dinner or wondering how your son did on his big science exam. Maybe you’re stewing over a catty remark made by a co-worker earlier in the day.
By far the biggest source of distraction, however, is the smartphone. While technology has made it easier than ever to get help when we need it, it’s also dulled our sense of situational awareness.
Self defense classes teach participants how to evaluate their environment and how to position themselves for maximum safety in any situation. So just by taking the class, you can help lower your risk of being attacked in the first place.
You’ll Reach a New Level of Physical Fitness
There are many types of self defense training, most of them based in martial arts like krav maga, jiujitsu, tae kwon do, or karate. Kickboxing is another popular training method. No matter which style you choose, one thing is guaranteed: they will all give you a great workout.
Of course, classes involve much more than simply building your strength and developing your muscles. They will instruct you on how to use your body type to your advantage. You’ll learn where and when to strike an opponent, and how to evade different types of attacks. There’s no denying that you will work up a sweat, gain some cardiovascular benefits, and get toned while you’re at it.
Your Self-Confidence Will Soar
When you know how to defend yourself, you will have more confidence in certain situations. You will be able to wait by yourself at the bus stop or take a solo road trip across the country. You won’t be scared by the sound of footsteps approaching from behind. If necessary, you can fight back and/or evade an attack.
Many people who take a self-defense class find that their confidence is increased across the board, not just in sketchy situations. They carry themselves differently. They often feel empowered to try new things. In addition, they can even become more self-assured at work or on social outings.
Ask the instructor of the class about his or her experience teaching people self-defense. They will likely tell you incredibly inspiring stories of former students who walked into the class meek as lambs and left it roaring like lions.
You Can Unleash Your Inner Warrior
Are you among the millions of women who have recently been awed by Gal Gadot’s performance in the new Wonder Woman movie? If so, you may be wondering how you, too, can be as badass as she was. Of course, it helps to have those bullet-deflecting Bracelets of Submission! However, you can unleash your inner warrior by taking a course in personal self-defense.
Martial arts and other types of self defense training can help you develop a strong core, a better sense of balance, and ninja-like reflexes. By doing so, you will undoubtedly feel stronger, both physically and mentally. Imagine how strong you will feel the first time you take down an opponent in your class! Sparring and coming out strong is another intangible but very real benefit of taking a self-defense class.
You'll Send a Powerful Message
Any parent will tell you that it can be terrifying to send their children out into what can be a very cruel world. If you have kids, one of the best things you can do is to take a class in self-defense. It sends the message that everyone can become strong, powerful, and most of all, self-reliant.
This isn’t the same lesson as telling a child to physically fight back against a bully, though. Instead, it teaches kids the value of being able to handle any situation, even a potentially dangerous one.
This message may be especially valuable for young girls, who are all too often valued not for their strength and self-confidence, but for their beauty or the shape of their body.
Yet it’s equally important that boys, too, learn that people of all shapes, sizes, and genders can be physically strong and capable of taking care of themselves.
The best way to keep yourself safe, of course, is to avoid risky situations whenever possible. So practice common sense. Park in well-lit areas or in guarded lots. Buddy up for that walk home after last call, if possible. Keep your cell phone handy, with 911 cued up just in case — but don’t let yourself get sucked into checking Facebook and texts. Stay aware of your surroundings.
Unfortunately, violent crime can happen anywhere, at any time. You can be mugged or attacked in broad daylight, in well-traveled areas. So the next line of defense is knowing how to protect yourself should the need arise. Learn the ways in which your attacker may be vulnerable, and how to take advantage of those.
A self-defense class is a most effective way to ensure that you can handle any physical threat that life throws at you.
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