Do You Need to Learn Self-Defense?
Self-defense is like many other things in life. It seems like it could be a waste of time until the one moment when it would really come in handy. However, the main difference between self-defense and those other things in life I mentioned is the fact that self-defense could be the difference between a sketchy run-in and a hospitalization, or worst case, death.
This isn’t a scare tactic. We aren’t just trying to rope people into joining our gym by instilling fear. Rather, we find many people, particularly women, come to us after something happened where they feel they now need to learn self-defense. This is extreely unfortunate, and as happy as we are to help, we would much prefer that self-defense is never necessary.
Isn’t Boxing Enough Self-Defense?
Learning how to box will definitely help with self-defense, but having someone attack you on the street is way different than having a heavy bag swinging slowly in front of you. Of course, having a wealth of experience in multiple fighting domains, for example, boxing and muay thai, will help even further, but this likely isn’t practical. Furthermore, this likely won’t interest someone who is looking to learn self-defense for that sole reason as opposed to taking part in various workouts for the sport and fitness aspect.
The impracticality of becoming an expert in multiple fighting sports is the main reason we decided to introduce self-defense classes. Most of these are designed for women, but anyone can participate. We also offer more general sessions that may be more applicable to the entire population.
We aren’t trying to say that women can’t stick up for themselves. We’ve seen the pure effort and impressive athleticism of the women at our gym, so we know better than to think that. Simply put, it just seems to be more common that women experience threatening occurrences that require self defense, at least that we have heard of, and we want to help.
Our self-defense classes focus on eliminating the threat as quickly as possible. This doesn’t mean engaging in a 5 minute long altercation with a suspect. The most important part is being able to neutralize the threat to the point where you can run to a location where there is a greater chance you can receive help. Topics often covered include effective strike zones and evasion methods (e.g. how to break free of someone’s grasp).
At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide if it is worth it to be proactive and spend some time to learn self-defense. We highly recommend you do so, but how you do this is up to you. The main other thing to keep in mind is that although you may be fit or have knowledge of a particular sport or martial art, it may be beneficial to learn some simply tactics to quickly get out of a tough spot.