There is almost no better feeling than being able to take care of yourself and feel good about where you are at in life. But for many of us, we are looking for something more than just physical exercise in a gym - we want to feel safe and confident in any situation we may walk into. Enter, self-defense classes. Self-defense instructors teach many different things, and it usually doesn't look like the fight scenes in your favorite movie. Today we'll go over 5 important reasons to consider joining a self-defense class.
The number reason that many take self-defense classes is because of safety. We want to feel protected when we are out on the street at night, or going grocery shopping, or traveling to a foreign country. We want to be able to protect ourselves should a situation arise when we or someone else is being threatened or attacked. Good self-defense instructors will give you the practical skills, as well as the right mindsets, to be able to defend yourself at all times, in all situations.
Many of us don't feel completely confident that we have what it takes to defend ourselves. With knowing the practical skills that self-defense classes teach, those tools give us a confidence that bleeds into every area of our lives: our relationships, our family life, and our work life. And when we have that confidence, we feel free to take more risks, try new things, and set bigger goals. All because we know that we have what it takes.
Most self-defense classes focus on being emotionally prepared for an attacker, but being physically prepared for an attack is also equally important. An intense warm-up usually comes first, and next comes learning defense techniques. Through learning self defense, you will maintain your muscle and endurance through practicing, along with other exercise activities. Naturally, your overall fitness will improve. An intense warmup to get your adrenaline pumping, followed by a variety of fitness techniques, will improve your overall body condition while teaching you important self-defense techniques.
Self-defense classes will grow your self-discipline. From showing up to class on time, to being pushed to your limit physically, to pushing through pain, your self-discipline will grow if you keep showing up to class. Your mindsets will start to change and your motivation and dedication will increase.
5. Balance and reflex skills
Improving your balance not only includes the physical balance of your core muscles, but also a mental balance by improving your focus. Self-defense classes teach you how to focus on your target while you control your body. Without balance, it is almost impossible to fight. Through gaining your body control and balance, you will be better prepared to protect yourself mentally and physically. Self-defense classes also help develop your reflexes, which will allow you to move quickly and strategically in such a situation. You will know where to step and where to throw your punch.
EveryDay Fitness has an upcoming self-defense class starting October 2nd. Click the button below to learn more!