Martial Arts, more than a Self-defense class

Martial Arts, more than a Self-defense class. The various martial arts have stood up to all the research and tests conducted. It has proven that different types of the martial arts bring distinct mental and physical well-being to the learner. The varied forms of the arts have worked wonders for young adults, elders and old aged people.

Benefits of practicing Martial Arts

Safety – Self-defense classes will give you the ability to protect yourself and overcome an attacker. Knowing how to defend yourself can help you feel less anxious in public, or fearful when walking alone in the night. You will learn the basics of how to quickly disable and protect yourself from an attacker so that you can escape.

Street awareness – Self-defense classes will enhance your awareness of your surroundings. You never know when it might happen; you never plan to be attacked, so you must always be on the lookout of your surroundings. Self-defense classes will help you gain this awareness if this type of situation should arise.

Increased self-confidence – Training in self-defense helps people, especially women, develop more confidence in themselves and their surroundings. Knowing that you have the ability to defend yourself gives you the confidence and freedom to fully explore the world, meet new people and find new ways to engage with others.

Learning something new – It’s not every day that you have the chance to learn something new while fighting someone, even if it is only practice in a controlled setting. It is all about perspective and your willingness to learn something new. Learning new things revolves around encouraging your successes and accepting your defeats; both are important to engaging in a healthy lifestyle.

Toned muscles – Like most self-defense classes, they do not just focus on being emotionally prepared by an attacker. Being physically prepared for an attack is also equally important. An intense warm-up usually comes first, next comes learning defense techniques. Women usually have stronger lower bodies than most men; most self-defense classes like to utilize this statistic to help women learn to use their lower bodies so they can overcome their potential attackers.

Overall fitness – Through learning self-defense, you will maintain your muscle and endurance through practicing along with other exercise activities. Naturally, your overall fitness will improve. An intense warmup to get your adrenaline pumping, followed by a variety of fitness techniques, will improve your overall body condition while teaching you important self-defense techniques.

Balance – Improving your balance not only includes the physical balance of your core muscles but also a mental balance by improving your focus. Self-defense classes teach you how to focus on your target while you control your body. Without balance, it is almost impossible to fight. Through gaining your body control and balance, you will be better prepared to protect yourself mentally and physically.

Self-discipline – In order to learn and grow with your self-defense abilities, you have to develop your self-discipline. You have to be motivated and dedicated to the practice. Actually, going to class and showing up on a regular basis develops your discipline.

Fighter’s reflex – In a fight, movement is power. You cannot stand around and wait for your attacker’s next strike; moving and instinctual reactions are very important. Self-defense classes will help develop your reflexes and will help you gain a fighter’s reflex, which will allow you to move quickly and strategically in such a situation. You will know where to step and where to throw your punch.

Social skills – Most self-defense classes take place in group settings, giving you a chance to meet new people and develop your social skills. Self-defense is very similar to martial arts in that it teaches the discipline of honoring your elders, showing respect, and the tolerance of others. These social skills will bring about a positive outlook for your own point of view and help to bring peace and balance in your attitude.

To Protect Yourself and Your Family – Self-defense classes teach people how to defend themselves from an attacker. They also talk about when and where to use the skills that students are learning. It can be comforting to know that you can defend yourself from an attacker and protect your children when needed. Many people advise against carrying a weapon, since many attackers can overpower you and use that weapon against you. When you take a self-defense class, you are learning to use your body as a weapon that cannot be taken away from you. It makes you able to respond effectively in difficult and scary situations.

To Improve Physical and Mental Health – Many self-defense programs encourage students to come in and complete a session at least once or twice a week. This is a great way to get exercise. As students advance, the challenges become more physically demanding, which prompts the need for additional conditioning exercises and leads to better overall physical health. Exercise can also improve your mood, helping people who are struggling with depression and other issues. The supportive environment of a self-defense class is a great option for people who need encouragement as they begin an exercise program. If someone has been the victim of a crime, then taking a self-defense class can be part of the healing process. It allows the person to feel that they are more in control of their life and can make a big difference in how they recover from the psychological impact of the trauma.

Recovery from addiction – Rarely, people have the capability to bid a goodbye to the hard-core habits like – drug abuse, fast food eating, drinking alcohol and many more things. This incapability leads to health hazards such as obesity, nervous problems, and heart issues, to names a few. That’s where martial arts would be a great help. It aids the people in living a healthy life by providing the needed impetus to love and live the life from a different angle. It heals and enables the people to get recover to the healthy state by making them physically and mentally feel in a better place.

Children and Women benefits

Children – Self-defense courses are excellent for children. These courses teach children discipline, offer a fun activity, and help teach them confidence. Children who take self-defense courses are better aware of their surroundings and are trained in how to defend themselves against attackers, both adults and children their own age. Not only do these classes help educate children on the dangers of predators but they also aid children in dealing with common bully situations without becoming bullies themselves.

Women – Women and young girls can benefit from self-defense courses for a number of reasons. It improves confidence but it also helps them to level the playing field against an attacker who may be much larger than they are. These courses are excellent preparation for girls going off to college for the first time or women of any age. They’re also advantageous for any woman who would like a physical, hands on work out.


Self-defense classes come in a variety of forms, from the different styles of the martial arts to a basic self-defense class designed to help you flee an attacker. The classes are often geared toward a specific age and ability level, though you may find classes that teach both children and adults. There are a number of different options available, from community classes to ones at private studios. As you consider taking self-defense, it is important to know what you want to accomplish with the class so you can find the classes that are the right fit. There are many good reasons why someone might want to take such a course. Take the time to research the different options in the community and interview the different instructors until you find one that will be a good match for your situation and overall goals.

Author: Nigel Taylor

I`m Nigel Taylor – originally from England – owner of The Backyard Gym in Round Rock Texas. We specialize in personal training, kickboxing cardio and self-defense. With over 25 years experience as a personal trainer, I know what works! From weight loss to bulking up to toning up, I can help you get your desired look and achieve your fitness goals. I can also offer you the privacy of a 100% private personal training studio in which to enjoy and get the most out of your workouts.