How does self defense help you?

Seems like a pretty silly question doesn’t it. It’s got an easy answer.

Self defense allows you to defend yourself from an attacker.

100% correct! But wait there’s more. Like one of those late night commercials it comes with so much more than just the obvious answer. Here’s a list of many of the other benefits of learning self defense.



After finishing a lesson you will feel like you have taken a shot of testosterone. You will feel pumped up and ready to take on the world and nothing can hold you back. Having confidence in yourself will stop you from not doing things. You will be out there with all your friends having a great time with the knowledge you don’t need to be afraid of the world.


Learning self defense or a martial art is exercise plain and simple. You will find yourself burning calories and feeling better about yourself. The extra energy from the lessons will also help you burn some more calories afterwards when you want to exercise more.

Meeting people

So many people that come to lessons meet new friends. I have seen it so often. When you are in groups with like minded people, it won’t be long before you are chatting and wanting to catch up after hours.


Learning to think

Self defense is really just thinking your way through a problem. Just like so much of life is. Self defense teaches you to work out a best solution quickly. As you would expect, this comes in useful in a number of real life situations.

Improve your learning abilities

Learning self defense or martial art is exactly that. Learning. Whenever we study we stimulate parts of the brain associated with learning. This should help create a snowball effect in your general life and aid you in learning abilities.

Learning to control a situation

While we want to try and stay safe, sometime we just find ourselves in trouble. Self defense teaches you how to react in a situation that is potentially hostile. This can come in useful in many other aspects of your life. While people will focus on the physical nature of self defense, it is also mental. It makes you think on your feet, react to your surroundings and make good decisions. After taking lessons you should be taking in your environment in any situation. This can be helpful at work or anywhere. You should think smarter and hence produce better results in your general life when thrown a curve ball. And, no, that doesn’t mean punching your boss in the crutch when he makes you mad!

I hope this has helped to convince you about some of the other benefits of self defense. Have a safe day.

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Some different fighting styles

As one of the first posts on this blog, I thought I would give you some of the more popular fighting styles in the world, with some YouTube clips so you can see what they are all about. Later posts will focus on some of these fighting styles individually, so don’t fret, you will get more information!


Muay Thai

Famous for being a sport in Thailand. It is a form of kickboxing. Many people pack stadiums to watch two Thai fighters going at it.



This is a bit of a mixer style that is great for self defense.



Karate more than any other fighting style focuses on defending with deflections etc. Effectively it uses defense as a form of offense.



Focuses on punches, kicks, and knees. It is fast-paced, distracting, and aimed at all available openings.


Wing Chun

Most famous for being the style taught to a young Bruce Lee.


Kung fu

This Chinese fighting style comes in many forms and is one of the oldest.



Considered the most popular fighting style, it is famous for it’s kicks.


The list above is not all inclusive, but gets us off to a good start. As mentioned above we will go into depth of some of these fighting styles in future posts. Can’t wait!


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