Why Learn Self-Defense…and What is It

Why Learn Self-Sefense…and What is It?

by Teresa Saborsky

Have you seen those TV shows or even advertisements that show women being attacked who whip into a 5 year martial arts experience to kick butt? I’m sure there are such people out there, but I’m willing to bet most of you aren’t among them. The real deal is that attacks are scary. Really scary. When you’re scared, you’re brain becomes almost useless and you tend to freeze. Your fingers become like thick sausages and articulation is just a big word. So what do you do? Learn. No, not martial arts. Learn basics, like why are you frightened? Okay, that seems like a no-brainer, but you may be surprised with how many different answers I get to that question.

I’ve been teaching self-defense off and on for about 20 years, all ages and genders. I usually have a basic teaching plan, but have learned that all classes are as different as the age groups, physical abilities and limitations, backgrounds, etc. Those elements determine the flow of a class, so armed with basics (which pretty much remain the same), I approach each class open to what is presented to me….which is how self defense actually works. The best thing you can learn is how to use a situation. If you get surprised, are scared spitless and freak out, use it. If you’re little, make sure an attacker *really* underestimates you, then use your size to your advantage. If you’re older and have injuries, identify your strengths, and use them.

Of course this isn’t as easy as I just made it sound, but it can be once you learn how to identify your strengths and fears…which is what I help you do. It goes slowly at first, but once the first few classes go by, almost everyone starts catching on. I will give you gross movements of defense, why you use each and usually when (again, knowing not all will work for everyone in all situations), some cardinal rules to remember, a few statistics, and some ways people can attack you (and how to get out of some of the more effective ones). We talk about self-defense “myths” and why they are such. After that, it’s practice, discussion, situational exploration, more practice, and more discussion.

At the end, the students become more confident, which in itself decreases the probability of becoming a victim. Is all the above over simplified. Yes, if you’re saying to yourself, “oh, that’s all”. I will want you to *think* now, so that if a time comes in which you have to use this, you’ll be able to think less and act more quickly. The goal is to go over situations, help you identify your tools, so that when you need them, you’ll know what to do.

Now all you have to do is to contact me and find out when you can participate in the next session. We are accepting enrollment in Session I until the Saturday morning (Jan 12) class. Right now, you can start Friday night at 6:00. I look forward to meeting you!

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