In an increasingly uncertain world in which violence against others continues to be a problem, has the thought of self-defence classes crossed your mind? But there are so many self-defence classes: which one should you choose? Which one will help you feel safer and more confident?
There are a five major reasons to learn self-defense:
1. To keep yourself safe, no matter your circumstances. Women and children often feel more vulnerable; in fact, some don’t feel comfortable going outside alone at night. However, there are times you’ll need to, and it’s not fair to live your life in prison because of what might happen to you. If you know some self-defense techniques like punching, blocking a punch and kicking, then you have better chances of keeping yourself safe.
2. Boost your self-confidence. Knowing self-defense techniques will help you gain self-confidence that you never knew you had. The fact is that it feels great to know that you can defend yourself from anyone, anytime of the day.
3. To improve your physical and mental strength. Undergoing training in self-defense will improve your physical and mental strength. You will develop balance, speed and overall body coordination.
4. It helps you develop a fighters reflex. In a fight, movement is power. You can’t stand around and wait for your attacker’s next strike, you have to move! A fighter’s reflex is different from your normal reflexes. In normal situations you respond to something that happens. When you are being attacked it is better to know how to respond. Fighter’s reflex will allow you to move quickly and smartly in the situation. You will know where to step and where to throw your punch.
5. It helps develop self-discipline. In order to learn and grow with your self defense abilities, you have to develop self-discipline. You have to be motivated and dedicated to the practice. In order to be better protected-you have to keep practicing. Actually going to class and showing up on a regular basis develops discipline. Taking these types of classes will get you focused on your personal protection and on your surroundings. Like with any other sport, you can’t get better if you don’t practice.
Now that you know why you need to learn self-defence, we’re excited to announce that a new kind of self-defence class is coming to AJ’s. It will provide you with everything you need to know about defending yourself from attack.
Krav Maga is a self-defence system developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from aikido, judo, boxing and wrestling, along with realistic fight training. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and its extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks. It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler as a means of defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in the mid-to-late 1930s. In the late 1940s, following his migration to Israel, he began to provide lessons on combat training to what was to become the IDF, who went on to develop the system that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications.
Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggression. Krav Maga has been used mainly by the Israel Defense Forces’ special units, reconnaissance brigades and recently by regular infantry brigades, and several closely related variations have been developed and adopted by law enforcement and intelligence organizations, Mossad and Shin Bet.
It’s also the preferred system for U.S. military and law enforcement personnel. Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art, but a revolutionary self-defence program with no katas and no rituals.
If it’s good enough to the military and law enforcement, you can’t go wrong!
Based on simple principles and instinctive movements, this reality-based system is designed to teach extremely effective self-defense in the shortest possible time. Learn Krav Maga to defend against common chokes, grabs, and strikes as well as more serious threats involving weapons. The instructors teach people how to function during the stress and shock of a sudden, violent encounter.
Ideas in Krav Maga include:
- Counterattacking as soon as possible (or attacking preemptively).
- Targeting attacks to the body’s most vulnerable points, such as: the eyes, neck or throat, face, solar plexus, groin, ribs, knee, foot, fingers, and liver.
- Maximum effectiveness and efficiency in order to neutralize the opponent as quickly as possible.
- Maintaining awareness of surroundings while dealing with the threat in order to look for escape routes, further attackers, objects that could be used to defend or help attack, and so on.
Training can also cover the study and development of situational awareness to develop an understanding of one’s surroundings, learning to understand the psychology of a street confrontation, and identifying potential threats before an attack occurs. It may also cover ways to deal with physical and verbal methods to avoid violence whenever possible.
Krav Maga will teach you technical solutions to extreme problems, yet your ability to respond, to use the techniques will be very dependent on a number of variable factors that you cannot control such as:
- How early you were able to respond
- Your relative size and strength to the person attempting to inflict harm
- Your emotional state and ability to control your flight, fight, freeze response
- The environment you are in, and many more
Krav Maga helps you to learn how to treat your personal safety awareness as a life skill, as something that needs to be managed, something that needs nurturing and focus from time to time. You can learn that even if you’re in a situation where you have to remove a man’s hands from around your throat or stop yourself being dragged into a car, you will have the means and understanding of defending yourself. Krav Maga teaches you to understand that pre-emptive action saves lives. Being able to make quick decisions, to hit strong, hit first and run fast are your simplest, yet safest solutions. Then, when all else fails or you simply dropped your guard, then the other techniques comes into play.
Krav Maga classes will begin at AJ’s Sports Centre on August 3. To find out more or to book your place, contact us at reception or send us an email. We love to help you feel strong and confident, and to learn life skills along the way.
Tested on the battlefield and in the streets, Krav Maga’s practical approach to self-defense will make you safer and more secure. Try a self-defence course today and witness the changes in your mind and body.