WHAT IS TRUE SELF DEFENCE?
“Can you teach me how to defend myself, perhaps show me some secret moves, some mental training that would help me in a situation…”
A. I have been asked this many many times by predominantly my female clients, and some male as well. As a professional fitness coach and a black belt, I have led seminars for colleges in the Jersey city, N.J area, and in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. And the answer is the same, no matter, where I am teaching.
“The best form of self defence is never allowing yourself to be in that situation”
I have been in many street fights in my younger years, and as well as competed in tournament/ring fighting for several years. And I would never get involved in a fight or take a fight knowing what I know now. Simply because fighting is based on several other factors first, like- Ego, Anger, Pride, Lack of emotional stability, and lack of conflict management skills.
The greatest if all self defence instructors teach simple and basic skills-
- Be aware at all times
- Plan and strategize your entry and exit to an event or a place.
- Tell your partner or a friend your arrival time at home.
- Learn to run!
- Learn to control your anger (if challenged by someone, which you can easily walk away from.
- Be wise and smart instead of meathead.
Knowing all these now self defence has changed from some sort of a sexy concept of (Scarlette Johansson in a cat suit from iron man taking out 6 men). Seriously?! Real self defence may not sound sexy but it may prevent a detrimental event in your life.
Ofcourse, there is a long, long shot of you needing to know how to get out of being backed up against a wall and we can teach you that, however, that means you haven’t been reading!
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