Nothing feels better knowing that you are a physically, emotionally, and financially strong person and can protect yourself. For most people, the physical aspect is just a workout. Being able to protect yourself in any situation is a confidence booster and a kind of reassurance.
A reassurance that can only be gained by taking the self-defense thing seriously. When people think about self-defense, they are quick to assume that it is for young girls and children. However, self-defense training (including boxing, karate, jiu-jitsu, etc.) can benefit everyone.
- It makes you confident.
One of the most significant benefits of taking self-defense classes is the way it makes you feel afterward. You might have seen a lot of people who are unconfident just because they don’t have the strength and ability to protect themselves. This can be due to the negative news that dominates the headlines and our past experiences as well. Getting self-defense training is a great way to build confidence in yourself.
- It improves your balance.
So many people aren’t able to do two things together, like walking and chewing gum at the same time. Learning self-defense requires so much out of your body, including the ability to do two things at once without falling over. Taking self-defense and martial arts classes teaches you how to gain body control and balance which is essential to improve focus on your target. It is impossible to fight back and be prepared to protect yourself without maintaining the balance of your body.
- You learn self-discipline.
The only type of discipline which is important is self-discipline. In order to learn and master self-defense tactics, you need to be committed and dedicated to the practice. Make sure you actually hit the self-defense gym, attend the classes, and practice the moves consistently, as it is an essential step to developing discipline. Like with any other sport activity, you can’t get better if you don’t adhere to the training schedules. Just stick to the routine, and you will develop self-discipline automatically.
- It helps with physical conditioning.
The whole idea of self-defense classes is to prepare you for any unforeseen situation that can cause harm to you. When it comes to self-defense, physical conditioning is an extremely important component. Training and practice prepare our body for the adrenalin pump when a situation arises that requires you to counterattack. If someone with a malicious intention comes after you, you will experience intense emotions because of the adrenalin rush.
It’s our body’s way of deciding to fight or flee during troubling situations. Though this feeling stays for a few seconds, it is important for you to be physically conditioned so that you can deal with a dangerous situation appropriately. If your body is not conditioned physically, it won’t act in the desired manner even after the adrenalin pump.
- It improves your self-respect.
Martial arts, karate, and similar practices like this are fundamentally centered around respect and trust. It teaches respect for yourself, respect for each other. This is beneficial in real life. If you don’t respect yourself, you cannot respect others. It teaches you to learn self-defense tactics while maintaining mutual respect and ensuring that the other person doesn’t get hurt.
- It develops a warrior spirit.
We all watch negative news on Television round the clock. Taking self-defense classes will help you build a sort of warrior spirit. When you know self-defense tactics, you develop a warrior spirit. Self-defense training prepares you for the battle. Remember that it is all about survival of the fittest.
- It improves street awareness.
Self-defense classes will help you become more aware of your surroundings. Nobody’s ever planned to be attacked, but your attacker is always one step ahead and comes to you with a plan. Self-defense training will help you to be aware and ready all the time. You might get shocked initially for a second, but at the back of your mind, you always know all the necessary reactions to protect yourself from the attacker.
In fact, your brain is taught to think about places where you can be attacked and where the attacker could be hiding. In short, self-defense training makes you aware of your surroundings.
Dr. Jim Bentley a martial arts instructor. He is also the author of WING CHUN The Evolutionary Science of Self-Defense, Combat, and Human Performance. In addition, Dr. Bentley has written many blogs on the importance of self-defense techniques, tactical efficiency, principles of Wing Chun, and how they could be used in the face of danger. Dr. Bentley also provides certification programs through his website BeachTownAthleticClub.com. As a doctor, he provides care for many legendary martial artists and current MMA fighters like Erik Paulson, Curtis Millender, and Pearl Gonzalez. With his acclaimed healing methods, and martial arts curriculums he wants to spread his message to the people that the science, art, and philosophy of martial arts is truly a way of life. To learn more about Dr. Bentley please visit DrJimBentley.com.