Self defence classes can come from a variety of disciplines – but self defence is one of the most common reasons our students join martial arts! There’s so much more to our self defence program than meets the eye, including lessons in danger awareness, confidence boosters, and hidden mental benefits that may surprise you. Read on for some basic self defence tips and to find out more about how our self defence program is changing lives in Heathmont!
Self Defence Classes – The Basics
Self defence is kind of a loose term. There are some people who hear the words “self defence” and immediately think of violence and guns. Others associate it with legal justifications (“I did it out of self defence!”). But our Ultimate Martial Arts definition of self defence is using your voice and your actions to defend yourself and others from an attacker.
THIS is what makes martial arts self defence training so awesome. It’s not just about the punches and kicks that can protect you. It’s about the psychological development necessary to stop conflict before it starts and use your intuition to avoid tricky confrontations in the first place. It’s about becoming brave enough and confident enough to look someone in the eye and loudly say, “Get your hand off of me” or “I don’t know you, stop harassing me.” And ultimately, it’s about knowing how to protect yourself and the people you love with as minimal damage as possible.
Self Defence For Women
Martial arts is truly for everyone (we believe that EVERY man woman and child should study it!), but the development of confidence and mental strength is especially helpful for women who are more likely to find themselves in self defence situations than their male counterparts. According to one 2013 study from the University of Oregon, when women took self defence trainings they were 2x less likely to receive unwanted sexual contact and 3x less likely to be raped than those who did not take a self defence course. There are many factors that play into sexual assault, and if you’ve experienced sexual assault, it’s not your fault. But with the help of this study, we know that, for everyone, there are actions we can take to teach ourselves, our daughters, nieces, neighbors and the women we care about how to stand up for themselves and deescalate conflict before it even begins. Girl power!
Self Defence Tip #1 – Keys Between Your Fingers
Self defence tip number one- keep your car keys between your fingers. It’s dark at night when you’re walking to your car- and that’s dangerous. Thankfully the “keys between your fingers” advice is pretty common knowledge nowadays- but if someone actually came at you, would you know where to strike? The answer- it’s most effective to go for the leg to wound your attacker enough to get the heck out of there.
How We Teach Self Defence
If you’re interested in self defence classes, you should know how they’re being taught. Unlike other self defence trainings, the physical act of self defence is just one piece of our martial arts classes in Heathmont. Every class is based around different moves and activities that our students learn each week. Consistent practice is what makes the moves into muscle memory, so that you don’t have to think twice in a panicky situation.
Some of the self defence techniques that we teach in our martial arts school are kick techniques, punch techniques, and striking techniques. We teach a range of up close and from-a-distance moves that help with any self defence situation. So there’s the physical aspect (that’ll get you into great shape, by the way), and then there’s the mental aspect. We also teach the “soft skills” that are needed for success in ANY facet of your life, including perseverance, discipline, and confidence, through positive reinforcement and pushing our students to be the best versions of themselves that they can possibly be, every single week. Again, these benefits extend into work, relationships, hobbies… everything improves with martial arts classes, not just your knowledge of self defence!
Self Defence Tip #2 – Don’t Park in The Dark
Common sense would tell you not to park your car in a dark area, but we’re human- we’ve got a million things going on, and sometimes we’re just not thinking when we’re running post-work errands or pulling into the parking ramp first thing in the morning. So here’s your reminder- DON’T park in the dark! Stay sharp and park underneath a street lamp so that your car is as well-lit as possible.
Don’t Just Learn it – Use it: Staying Calm With Self Defence
Self defence is important to protect yourself from danger- that part’s obvious. But it’s really important that you know how to keep your composure in a high-stress situation so that you can actually use the self defence skills you’ve worked so hard to learn.
If you’re reading this article, maybe you’ve watched a YouTube video or two on self defence. But without regular practice (or a professional to show you the way), that information is going to slip away. And (and this is really huge), without practice, it’s highly likely that you’ll panic and lose your common sense. If you’re walking down the street or just in the wrong place at the wrong time, can you realistically defend yourself from a one-off YouTube video? If you haven’t gained real-life experience in self defence from dedicated instructors who live and breathe this stuff, the answer is probably no.
Showing up at the studio for every class, hitting every kick and punch until it’s all muscle memory gives our martial arts students a huge advantage over any other sport (not to mention killer self discipline). After years of martial arts classes, our students learn to recognize and avoid “bad” situations, and in effect protect themselves and their loved ones from dangerous situations in the first place. So, in essence, knowing martial arts will give you a huge advantage in protecting yourself. But knowing how to use your martial arts training to keep calm in high-stress situations, which is what we teach every single class? That’s absolutely priceless.
Self Defence Tip #3 – Broom Handle
Think about it- what better weapon could you have than a weapon that doesn’t even look like a weapon at all? A broom handle is an effective tool that can be used like a staff for defending oneself. You could also break it into two, like kali sticks, for more leverage. Your best bet for a discreet weapon is to keep a broom near your door or under your bed for peace of mind.
Confidence – Your Secret Weapon
One of the coolest things about martial arts is that while you’re building your physical strength, you’re also building up your mental strength. Our classes are as much about cultivating perseverance, self discipline, and unbreakable confidence as they are about mastering punches and kicks. We use positive reinforcement and push our students outside of their comfort zones every single class, so that they leave each session with something to hang their hat on.
We also focus on cheering each other on and creating a positive environment for our students to be as badass as possible. Because of this, our students learn how to draw on their confidence and courage to stand up for themselves when they need to the most.
That confidence carries over into other areas of your life, by the way. Imagine walking down the street and knowing you can handle whatever situation comes your way- that’s an incredible feeling, and it just feeds the flames of self respect and excitement over how truly awesome you are, and you realize how little you deserve poor treatment in your life. You may start to stick up for yourself in other ways, like asking for that raise you’ve been waiting to ask for, or eating salads over doughnuts. That’s what martial arts can do for you- draw out the best version of you. And that best version is a badass equipped with the knowledge and physical capabilities to defend themselves in any situation through self defence!
Self Defence Tip #4 – Self Defence Classes
So these tips have been awesome, and you can probably Google more if you wanted to. But what’s not on the Internet is an instructor dedicated to YOU and your unique understanding of how to protect yourself. Adrenaline WILL kick in in a high-stress situation and if you’ve never been trained on how to use self defence, you may panic and lose your sense of what to do. Self defenceclasses with Ultimate Martial Arts are the number one way for you to learn how to protect yourself and the people you love.
Self defence classes at Heathmont can help you build the physical strength required to protect yourself as much as they can help build mental strength, stamina, and confidence you never knew you had. See for yourself how Ultimate Martial Arts self defence classes can change your life as it’s changed so many other students’ lives … our risk-free trial is the way to go! You’ll LOVE it!