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Self Defense Training

02/25/2018 06:37PM ● By Digital Media Director

By: Tiger Rock Martial Arts

Self-defense training can benefit people in a number of ways. At first glance, it’s easy to say the primary benefit is to help you win a fight – in the event you’re threatened with physical harm. Some practitioners believe they’re making an investment in their health, much like any exercise. However, not all exercises are created equally.

 While training in a self-defense system such as Karate, Taekwondo and Jujitsu, you’re training with more of a purpose. You’re learning skill sets that will help you succeed on and off the mat, allowing you to live a more balanced life. True practitioners of martial arts take a more holistic approach to mastering these forms of self-defense. Training in self-defense builds character for students and teaches discipline. For example, a black belt may know they could win a fight and in the process, cause a person serious physical harm. One of the main tenets of self-defense training is to use violence only as a last resort. This is continually stressed in any martial arts training. Another nice thing about self-defense training is you can keep doing whatever you have been doing for your fitness and simply add this to your routine. Most schools have a diverse schedule with some early and late times, making it easy to fit self-defense training in to your already busy schedule.

Self-defense training is one of the best cross-training programs for athletes of all ages. The bi-lateral training balances out the imbalances created in the body by most team sports, which is especially good for kids. By balancing out the strength on both sides of the body, this type of training can help prevent injuries.

From 3 – 6 years of age the most rapid growth in the brain takes place in part of the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain functions to plan and organize new actions and maintain attention to tasks. Benefits of martial arts training for 3 – 6 year olds include:

Social and emotional intelligence
Development of basic muscle groups
Cardiovascular endurance
Development of proprioception
Following directions
Left and right side development
Understanding Consequences
Building a “can do” attitude
Controlling emotions
Embracing competition
Facing fears
Meeting new people
Developing a sense of independence

If nothing else, when considering a class like this for yourself or your child, you’ll be building confidence in yourself and the experience of trying something new.