Monday, July 25, 2005

Self Defense for Women part 1

A lot of women these days are looking into self defense. If you are, good for you. It's never a bad thing to know a little something when it comes to your safety, my 6 year old can already pull off an armbar submission. (The armbar ends a good portion of MMA fights) You may ask yourself, and it is an important question, what style/art should I learn?

Don't be fooled ladies, this question should be asked by everyone, including men AND the greatest tough men in the world. All martial arts are NOT created equal. The main thing you have to ask yourself is what YOU can accopmlish.

I will start by dividing the martial arts into two groups, 1) Striking and 2) Grappling.

Striking - These would be styles like Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Tai Chi. They involve a good portion of kicks and punches and rely on some amount of power and speed to excecute. Most will focus on the "tender" spots when speaking of defense. If you are getting attacked all rules are off, put your finger nails in the eyes, knee and kicks the privates, whatever it takes!

Grappling- These would be styles like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Sambo and Judo. They involve manipulating joints to cause submission or breaks. These styles focus more on real life scenarios, most muggers don't walk up and say "hey lady, put up your dukes!" They are going to tackle you and try and get you to the ground. In real life most of the fights end up on the ground.

If you are looking for confidence and overall fitness any of these styles will do the trick. I am a big fan of martial arts for fitness because it's a class environment where people will help and push you when you need it. Often times you get the royal treatment from a regular gym and then when you've signed the 2 year deal they never speak to you again.

More to come.


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