Question

What type of martial art can I learn real self-defense?  Also, what types of self-defense weapons should I get?

Answer

First, don’t listen to most of what people tell you because most people don’t have a clue what they are talking about with regard to real world self protection and survival. Here’s what I can tell you:

1. Don’t get a gun, knife, or pepper spray, and think your problems are solved. Pepper spray is pretty much useless because it doesn’t incapacitate people (I know this for a fact, I’ve been sprayed and forced to fight – law enforcement training – Some people simply aren’t affected, others are too intoxicated or high on drugs, and most will still be able to fight anyway. Guns aren’t the answer either. If the person already has you in the kill box (meaning they are close to you, have a weapon already out, or the fight is on) the gun is useless. Lets not forget that most violent criminal acts are executed ambush style, which immediately places you in the kill box if you didn’t see it coming and greatly reduces your chances of surviving. Retention is also an issue. In any given year, of the total number of police officers shot in the line of duty, roughly 60% of the time it is with their own weapon. Having your gun taken and used on you is a strong possibility, even if you are trained. Same goes for a knife (to a slightly lesser extent, but can be equally as deadly). Let’s also remember that part of self defense includes taking actions that can be legally defended. Good luck if you shoot or stab an unarmed person.

2. I noticed a lot of people think boxing is a great form of self defense. Boxing is a sport, and the techniques are taught as such. Yes, you learn some good footwork and how to throw a decent punch, which definitely do help, but boxing is in no way intended to protect you in real life. I can also point out faults with every other style suggested; however, each style can contribute to your benefit as well so they cannot be completely disregarded. The trick is finding an instructor who is capable of teaching you what works and what is practical and applicable in the real world.

If you really want to protect yourself, find somewhere that ONLY focuses on self protection and does not treat it as an “on the side.” You will fight how you train and if you only train sparingly for real life, it won’t be there when you need it. Also, and most importantly, wherever you decide to train, make sure they are teaching you AWARENESS. That is lesson number one, and goes with every lesson after. Awareness is what really saves your life. Know the current crime trends and the tricks criminals are using. Know how to act in public and what to look for and avoid so that you don’t make yourself a desirable target for a potential attacker. Criminals look for targets they think will be easy. If you learn all this, and also add some techniques to bail yourself out of a situation, you will be fine. If your awareness is exceptional, chances are you will hopefully never even have to worry about actually fighting (but it’s good to know how, just in case).

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