the Martial Art that's Right for You....
The first step
is to choose an art or style that meets your needs.
Traditional Arts – like Kung Fu, Karate and Aikido. These
styles are based on discipline and respect.
One of their biggest benefits is character building through their
emphasis on morals and values. Unfortunately people do not always
fight as they did 500 or even 1000 years ago when these arts were
Meditation Arts – like Tai Chi, Yoga and Chi Gung. Students
learn to increase concentration, reduce stress and improve balance.
However, although mental toughness is a plus for self defence, that
alone will not fend off an attacker.
Exercise Arts – like Tai-bo, Boxercise and Cardio-kickboxing.
These styles use punches, kicks and footwork to boost cardio
capacity and muscle tone. Students benefit from increased
conditioning and fat burning. However, attending what is in reality
an exercise class will not prepare students for a fight on the
Competition Arts – like Judo and Taekwondo. Many of
the moves come from the traditional arts and have been adapted for
points scoring in the arena or tournament. Unfortunately most
attackers aren't interested in point scoring and there are no
referees in the real world.
Sporting Arts – like
Thai boxing, Jujitsu and Boxing. Although these styles do teach survival
in a tough environment, losing a round in the ring won't result in
death/disfigurement/hospital. On the street these are all too
Reality Based Self Defence – Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do.
Students learn physical fitness, mental resilience and survival
skills that prepare for any scenario. These are, however, rarely
suitable for children and young people due to their realistic nature.
But for those students looking for true self defence – look no