Self-Defense (Unarmed)

Self-defense training is the main goal for most martial arts. While martial arts students may spend considerable time on things such as kata, sparring and breaking techniques, these techniques are ultimately designed to help prepare martial arts students to better protect themselves or their loved ones. In contrast, other martial arts such as Krav Maga focus solely on self-defense techniques and how to react in a self-defense situation.

Students should only practice martial arts self-defense techniques under the careful supervision of a trained martial arts instructor. The information on these pages and videos are meant to reinforce and supplement the instruction given at your martial arts classes. To properly understand these techniques, you need to learn them from a martial arts instructor who can provide you with an in-depth explanation of the technique, help correct your mistakes, answer your questions and detail how the technique should be utilized.

However, be aware that combat against an opponent armed with a knife or gun is extremely dangerous and should only be used as a last resort. Most martial arts experts suggest that students consider other options first (i.e. avoiding the situation or running away from danger).

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Elements of Self-Defense Training – Important self-defense subjects that are taught by many different martial arts styles.

Self-Defense by Martial Arts Style

According to Wikipedia, “Many styles of martial arts are practiced for self-defense or include self-defense techniques. Some styles train primarily for self-defense, while other martial or combat sports can be effectively applied for self-defense. Some martial arts train how to escape from a knife or gun situation, or how to break away from a punch, while others train how to attack. To provide more practical self-defense, many modern day martial arts schools now use a combination of martial arts styles and techniques, and will often customize self-defense training to suit the participants’ lifestyles, occupations, age groups and gender, and physical and mental capabilities”.


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