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Key Reasons Why You Need To Learn Self-Defense

Knowing how to protect and defend yourself is an invaluable skill. Yet self-defense is about more than just understanding how to react if you are attacked. It can do amazing things for your body and your psyche.

Maybe you carry pepper spray, a tactical keychain, or some other type of self defense tool. Those are certainly handy. Knowing some basic combat skills is another added layer of protection.

What’s more, learning self-defense will help you gain confidence and self-esteem as you strengthen your body. Here is American Karate Institute's Key Reasons Everyone Should Learn Self-Defense:

You Will Be Able To Protect Yourself

The most obvious reason to learn self-defense is, of course, learning how to protect yourself in any situation. Once you learn how to fight back against an attacker, you will feel confident walking alone. It won’t matter if you’re going home from the bar late at night or heading to your car in a deserted parking garage.

At AKI, our MMA school teaches self-defense which will also help you hone your situational awareness. We have become experts at distracting ourselves. As a result, we don’t pay the kind of attention to our surroundings that we should. You might just be thinking about what to have for dinner or wondering how your son did on his big science exam. Maybe you’re stewing over a catty remark made by a co-worker earlier in the day.

By far the biggest source of distraction, however, is the smartphone. While technology has made it easier than ever to get help when we need it, it’s also dulled our sense of situational awareness.

Our Self defense classes will teach participants how to evaluate their environment and how to position themselves for maximum safety in any situation. So just by taking one of our classes, you can help lower your risk of being attacked in the first place.

You’ll Reach a New Level of Physical Fitness

There are many types of self defense training, most of them based in martial arts like kickboxing, boxing, tae kwon do, or karate or judo. At AKI, we train in all forms of Martial Arts which will prepare you for any real life combat scenario. No matter which style you prefer, one thing is guaranteed: they will all give you a great workout.

Of course, self defense training at our MMA school involves much more than simply building your strength and developing your muscles. They will instruct you in how to use your body type to your advantage. You’ll learn where and when to strike an opponent, and how to evade different types of attacks. There’s no denying that you will work up a sweat, gain some cardiovascular benefits, and get toned while you’re at it.

Your Self-Confidence Will Soar

When you know how to defend yourself, you will have more confidence in certain situations. You will be able to wait by yourself at the bus stop or take a solo road trip across the country. You won’t be scared by the sound of footsteps approaching from behind. If necessary, you can fight back and/or evade an attack.

Many people who learn self defense at our school have mentioned that their confidence has increased across the board, not just in sketchy situations. They carry themselves differently. They often feel empowered to try new things. In addition, they can even become more self-assured at work or on social outings.

Ask one of our instructors after class about his or her experience teaching people self-defense. They will likely tell you incredibly inspiring stories of former students who walked into the class meek as lambs and left it roaring like lions.

You Will Send a Powerful Message

Any parent will tell you that it can be terrifying to send their children out into what can be a very cruel world. If you have kids, one of the best things you can do is to take a class one of our classes in self-defense. It sends the message that everyone can become strong, powerful, and most of all, self-reliant.

This isn’t the same lesson as telling a child to physically fight back against a bully, though. Instead, it teaches kids the value of being able to handle any situation, even a potentially dangerous one.

This message may be especially valuable for young girls, who are all too often valued not for their strength and self-confidence, but for their beauty or the shape of their body.

Yet it’s equally important that boys, too, learn that people of all shapes, sizes, and genders can be physically strong and capable of taking care of themselves.

Contact American Karate Institute for a Free Trial Class

At the American Karate Institute, we teach a way of life. Our Miami martial arts school and MMA Classes has developed a well thought out curriculum that teaches more than just the art of self-defense. We delve deep into our students’ technique, skill set, intelligence, intuition and overall physical fitness. Contact us today if you’re interested in mixed martial arts and self-defense classes and schedule your free-trial class!

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