Learning how to physically defend yourself is an advantage that can benefit you during a physical assault. It can provide you with confidence and skills. There is a clear difference between Martial Arts and Self-Defense. Self-defense courses are usually designed to provide instruction in few techniques that can be learned quickly and can be used against an attacker. It can also result in over-confidence, which may lead to negative consequences. While techniques learned in a few sessions can be an advantage, it may not be sufficient to fight a hardened criminal.
Martial Arts on the other hand are divided into two distinct categories. The "Traditional" and the "Modern Sport". The modern sport focuses on physical skill in conjunction with modern views on fitness and competition. The traditional system is usually based on combative schools with long lineage rooted in Asia. The traditional approach, focuses on the development of body, character and has a strong base in developing the mind through meditation and other practices. It takes diligence and commitment to master martial arts.
If you are contemplating taking courses, you should evaluate the following:
- Your Age & Agility
- Your Physical Condition
- Long Term Commitment to Practice
- Qualifications of the Instructor