Why Practice Martial Arts for Self Defense?
There has been many cases of assault and crime especially against women and children in the world. Would training in the gym or a Martial art class remedy the situation? Imagine assault occurs on 2 ladies, that assailants trying to harass the dual, how the ladies are going to protect themselves when it happened? What if the ladies are well equipped with Martial Art skills, that allow them to close in and heel-palmed stuck the assailant in the nose, follow by striking the assailants soccer style to the groin, then take the chance to flee to safety.
What is Martial Art?
Martial Arts are systems and traditional of combat practices, where an individual may use unarmed or weapon based technique to fight. China is one of the countries that have preserved traditional Martial Arts. Chinese arts like sword fighting are most competent. Unarmed Martial Arts may be Wing Chun, Taekwondo, Karate, Boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, Wrestling, Ju-jitsu and Sumo. Weapon based Martial Arts may apply Fencing(sword), Kenjustu and Kendo(archery).
There are many Martial Arts articles that you can view from online sites at home. Programs also exist in schools where both kids and adults can learn. In recent years getting more kids have enrolled in various registered Martial Arts training schools for self defense, fitness, self-esteem and discipline development.
Martial Arts that Worth Considering as Self-defense Skills
Jiu-jitsu – This art is universal and it incorporates elements of hand striking, choking, grappling as well as understanding the attackers center of gravity and the defenders center of gravity. If an attacker charges forward, you move forward and bend down, grab him around his back with one arm, grab his shoulder with the other arm, ram your hip against his mid-section, thus shoving upwards with your legs. A 150 pounds woman can do this to a 300 pound man.
- Krav Maga – This art is Israel’s national Martial Art. It was designed for the purpose of street survival. Krav Maga trains eye-hand coordination and does not require thought once it turns into a second nature. It maximizes on attacking the vulnerable parts of the body like the throat, eyes and groin. It also entails disarming the attacker of any weapon. It takes a good instructor about 6 months to train anyone.
- Karate – This art emphasis on attack deflection. An attack might be a strike to the face, a knife lounge to you chin or groin or even a leg kick to your head. You need to always maintain a safe distance from your opponent and master his every single move.
- Aikido – It is an interesting art that has a few striking moves. However, in most cases it is based on the principle that when an attacker strikes, some part of his defense is left vulnerable. If you strike that opportunity, you remain defensively invulnerable. Steven Seagal is the most famous practitioner of Aikido in the Western World. He is genuinely a 7th degree black belt in Aikido. His best move to any self defense arsenal is; Kote gaeshi or well known “forearm return”. When an attacker steps forward and punches, you sidestep, snatch his wrist and twist around in due time with his punch. This is a very easy move to perfect for anyone. It is very effective in incapacitating the attacker.
Martial Arts are in their own a defensive mechanism, but they are also applied in other fields like sports. Some other benefits of learning Martial Arts are:
- Physical fitness improvement
- Mental and spiritual development
- Preservation of a nation’s cultural heritage
- Stabilises your inner chi
- self-esteem and discipline development
So, looking for a way to equip yourself with proper self-protection skills, at the same time achieving better fitness, stamina and body shape? Try Martial Arts!