Why is Self-Defense Important?

Do You Need to Learn Self-Defense?

selfdefenseSelf-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.

Self-Defense Classes

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).

Summary

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.

Why Should We Care About Fitness?

Health and Fitness

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You have probably heard the term “Health and Fitness” used somewhere before. Although the two words are often lumped together, it is important to recognize that they are not synonymous. The WHO defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or deformity. Physical fitness is merely one component of health, albeit an important one that can benefit other components of health as well.

One thing many people don’t realize is that you can achieve extremely beneficial health benefits from exercise well before you experience any drastic changes to your fitness. For example, one of the first things that can happen when you begin an exercise program is a drop in triglyceride levels, which is a good thing for your long term health. This can actually happen so quickly that you won’t even see any fitness benefits at that point, so it can be easy to be unaware of the great health benefits you are gaining from exercise.

Confidence and Happiness

One of the most underrated benefits of improving your physical fitness is a change in mood. It is very common to hear people say how much their confidence, and subsequently their happiness, has increased since committing to an exercise program. There are many reasons for this, some based in biology (i.e. release of specific neurotransmitters), some are due to social changes, and even just a change to a routine can make a big difference.

One reason we like to promote sport-specific exercise is because simply learning a new task can help increase confidence as well. Many people are intimidated by the prospect of going to a gym or similar place where most people are already comfortable with what they are doing, perhaps in better shape, etc. However, we press that everyone has to start from somewhere, and the act of breaking out of your comfort zone and learning something new can have profound effects!

Social Outlet

Another overlooked item is the fact that exercise can be social. Even if it is an individual workout, you may start recognizing people who generally workout around the same time as you, maybe there was a group lesson at one point, or perhaps you’re making the effort to arrange some sort of group exercise. In any case, it’s a great way to meet people while benefiting your health and fitness.

Appearance

We put this at the bottom of the list primarily because we find it can be difficult to stick to a program if the only thing that motivates you is a quick change in appearance. We recommend that you consider this a bonus to an improvement in your health and fitness. Even if weight loss is your goal, focus on the health and fitness and pounds lost, rather than assessing yourself in the mirror. Now, all that being said, we do recognize that an “improved” appearance can help boost confidence. It can also be a rough indicator of fitness, but that’s about it.

Summary

The amount of evidence showing that regular exercise, even in small amounts, can drastically improve health and fitness on multiple fronts is overwhelming. If exercise is a substantial lifestyle change for you, we suggest finding something that you think can be enjoyable, that you can progress with as you learn and improve, and that you can set goals in small steps that are smart and attainable. We hope you consider us to help you achieve your health and fitness goals, but at the end of the day, whatever works for you is the most important.