One of the greatest benefits of mastering a form of martial art is learning the combat skills necessary to defend yourself against an attack. The defensive methods, techniques and philosophies taught, however, do vary from martial art form to art form. One thing they all have in common is the goal to neutralize an attack quickly and effectively so that you might escape with your life. The degree of violence with which this is achieved is something that is quite variable, for example, Krav Maga and MMA training is quite intensive and aggressive, whereas Judo and Aikido are far more non-violent forms of self-defense.
The Importance of Self-defense Training
Being skilled in a suite of self-defense techniques and maneuvers – and having the confidence and decisive state of mind to execute those moves – can serve you in just about any conflict situation. Whether you are being mugged in an alleyway, threatened by an intruder in your house or are trying to neutralize the aggressive advances of a drunken bar fly, martial arts defense training can mean the difference between serious injury and walking away completely unharmed. Then of course there is the kind of close combat training reserved for the military, government and law-enforcement professionals.
Self-defense training can make a huge difference for children of all ages, too. Bullying is a major problem in schools across the country and having a suite of defensive combat techniques at your child’s disposal could quite decisively deter any bully for once and for all. Martial arts self-defensive training also imbues students with a much healthier self-esteem and the mental tools and techniques to overcome stress, intimidation and fear.
The Variety of Self-Defense Techniques
As it was briefly touched upon, different martial art forms will school students in different self-defense techniques. Some art forms focus more on neutralizing an attack in a way that saves the attacker from harm. The Japanese martial art forms of Aikido and Judo strive to redirect an attacker’s momentum and force, or to use it against them, rather than meet this force in a head-on collision.
For each form of martial arts, the self-defense techniques taught vary as do the goals of those techniques: are you trying to disable an opponent permanently? Do you wish to throw them off in order to allow yourself time to escape? To what degree are you trying to inflict harm upon an attacker?
The aim of any self-defense technique is to identify what your goal is and to train hard to enable your body to execute that technique swiftly, precisely and effectively.
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