Why You Should Learn Self-Defense

 Why You Should Learn Self-Defense

Well, as the title suggests, we are going to be looking at what I consider to be good reasons that not only you, but also your children learn self-defense.

Here at UK Survival Guides we believe that everyone has a right to defend themselves. 

You should never go out of your way to find trouble but sooner or later it will come. It could be some idiot drunk, some jealous friend, or some complete stranger.

If you found yourself in a physical confrontation would you be able to defend yourself?

The great thing is and trust me I know from experience, you don’t need to be a big guy to protect yourself from anybody if you’ve had the right training.


When it comes to self-defense training, nothing beats the experience that you get from hands-on training with a local class. In an age where bullying is at an all-time high, we believe in equipping our children with the ability to protect themselves if they ever get bullied.

There is more to self-defense than just learning to fight somebody. A good fighting school will teach you:

  • How to work hard
  • Dedication
  • Perseverance
  • Among many other things

OK, so let’s take a look at why we think you should learn self-defense…

It Helps Children Deal with Bullying

No parent likes to hear the news that their child is being bullied. Sometimes, we as parents never hear that our children were bullied in school until many years after they’ve left. The truth is, it’s everywhere! Bullying is in every school around.

I’m talking mainly about kids here but this applies to everyone. If you’re in an office and being bullied then this is for you, it doesn’t matter who or where you are.

Martial arts can have a huge impact on our life as it develops self-confidence, self-discipline and respect.

You Learn a Lot of Important Values and Principles

There are a lot of important values and principles that are instilled into good practitioners. We are made to look deeper within ourselves than we ever knew possible in order to get over obstacles. You will learn integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, and discipline.

You will also learn that failure does not mean that you stop, you are not finished. We all fail in life but we need to embrace those failures. You can’t learn these things from any book or website, only from true practitioners.

Boost of Confidence

If you don’t have confidence and think that you’re not capable of doing anything then you need to start doing martial arts. It is a well-known confidence booster as you are forced out of your comfort zone to do things that you normally wouldn’t do. Not many people enjoy coming out of their comfort zone but it is done to show you that you are capable of more than you realize.

It has been proven many times over that the simple act of walking with confidence makes you less of a target. An attacker wants a target that looks easy to steal from, not someone that looks like they are ready to handle themselves. There is always a good feeling when you leave the training session.

It Improves Problem Solving Skills

This is one very important benefit that comes with learning martial arts, you learn to solve problems without really realising it. It’s not about knowing what to do but when to do it. You always need to be thinking ahead. If you do end up finding yourself in a physical confrontation, you will be better able to control your emotions and bring the situation under control.

Training at home from a DVD or something is great but real sparring with another person is pretty much essential in building your skills.

It Improves Your Situational Awareness

That’s right, we couldn’t discuss any self-defense article or personal safety without also mentioning situational awareness and you can kill two birds with one stone here. By learning self-defense you are learning to become more aware of your surroundings. Nobody wants to be attacked but if anyone is planning it, you are ready!

Improve Your Reflexes

If somebody wants to walk up and start throwing punches at me, I’m not just going to stand there and let him punch me. I’m going to move. Learning self-defense will help to develop your reflexes so that you are always ready to spring into action.

Helps You To Set Goals

Believe it or not, self-defense can help you to learn to set goals. It doesn’t matter what those goals are as long as it is something personal to you. Self-defense gives you that drive to get to class on time that you may not of had before.

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