Each and every person should take some type of self-defense course at some point in his/her life. We are living in uncertain times where crime is common and knowing how to defend yourself can make all the difference in the world. We are not advocating being a vigilante or taking the law into your own hands but knowing how to handle yourself in dangerous situations can make the difference between going home alive and not going home at all.
Self Defense Vs Martial Arts
There is a common misconception that all self-defense training is based on martial arts. That is not accurate. The majority of martial arts have elements of self-defense built into them but learning how to defend yourself does not require you becoming a member of any specific martial arts program. These programs teach an individual what to do if they are being mugged by someone with a knife or a group of people who mean them harm. This type of training is highly beneficial to women who are entering university. Women are generally more likely to be the victims of violent crimes than men so it would be prudent to take a self-defense program that is geared to the safety of women.
Something that you should not do is rely solely on weapons like pepper spray or electrified weapons, these weapons may give you peace of mind but they could fail during the moment of truth or worse, be used against you! By learning how to use your hands and feet to defend yourself it will boost your self-esteem and confidence. Look for programs in your area that are not co-ed so you don’t have to feel apprehensive about training with members of the opposite gender. By learning how to defend yourself you are going to have peace of mind knowing that if the situation arises you don’t have to be a victim, you can protect yourself!