It’s a concerning thought that in this day and age we’re having to talk about self protection as part of every day life. The disturbing reality is that it’s more important now than it has been before, to learn how to keep yourself safe when out in public.
Even those of us that hardly read or watch the news would find it hard to miss, what seems consistent, reporting of knife crime over the last few months. However these are just the most serious cases, the issues unfortunately gets worse still if you then factor in local newspaper headlines.
Knife crime has taken centre stage but there is also a disturbing rise in ‘normal’ violent crime over the last few years, but in particular since the start of 2019……….I’m not going to get into the political debate here about police numbers etc……..but instead focus on facts that highlight the importance of self defence.
It was a few weeks ago that I noticed my local paper (online columns) seemed to be filled with ‘assault’ headlines, Mainly involving teenage victims. I then spent a few minutes scrolling back through the dates and found, in the last 4 weeks, there were 9 separate headlines about attacks on young teenagers…….this behaviour is totally unacceptable but doesn’t seem to be going away.
It appears that this problem of violent crime is not going away. The police are stretched and under staffed but in any case, their responsibility is to prosecute the offender and not to prevent the assault. New government legislation takes time to implement and will only look to tackle the most serious issues (knife crime), this makes it our own responsibility to take care of our own individual safety.
Self protection/self defence may be a topic we don’t wish to think about, but the alternative is an even worse prospect, a loved one being the victim of violent crime. Surely any preventative measure we can put in place to reduce this risk is worth the investment. Typically martial arts classes are less per month than a gym membership or the average amount a family spends on fast food/takeaways.
The next step is arguably the hardest…..finding a club. Some martial arts are better for self defence than others, a quick google will tell you most of what you need to know, but in short any ‘combat’ martial art should do the trick.
As a helpful guide the following arts are considered the most practical for self defence –
- Japanese Ju-Jitsu – see my recent article Why choose Japanese Ju-Jitsu 🥋
- Krav Maga
- Muay Thai
- Chinese Kemp
The most important thing when choosing a class is that you enjoy the style you choose and the environment in which you learn. Secondly attending a club for the first time can be daunting, taking a friend with you not only helps get over this initial issue but also gives you someone of the same ability to train and share the experience with.
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