Martial Arts and Self Defense

Martial arts are for everyone. This is so true, regardless of your health conditions, or what physical shape you are in, martial arts can provide you with tremendous benefits. It most certainly can help you become stronger and increase your range of motion and flexibility. It does not matter how old you are; it is excellent for children as well as for seniors and for everyone in between.

There are many different styles of martial arts from around the world. With the use of the internet you could gather enough information that will help you decide the style that you would like to learn. Some styles are composed of kicks and punches, some styles are composed of grappling and falling techniques, and some are composed of joint locking and pressure point techniques.

Once you narrow down a few styles that interest you, the next thing would be to search for a school that teaches the style you want. Depending on how popular the style is, you may be able to find more than one school, and of course you should definitely visit each school you are interested in. Observe the structure of the school and the classes, watch how the instructors are teaching, and determine if their methodology matches your philosophy. Ask questions if you have them, and talk to some of the students and get their spin on what they are learning. Schools that offer a couple of free classes are usually very good and getting your feet wet, so to speak, and it is a great way to determine if it’s the right style, school, and instructor for you.

I have studied for more than two years in Japan. My Sensei is an tenth degree black belt and Grandmaster in Shotokan Karate. I earned a brown belt. I have also studied for more than three years in the United States. My grand master is a Korean with an eighth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do, and a fifth degree black belt in Kum Do. I earned a first degree black belt in Hap Ki Do. In Japan karate schools are called dojos and in Korea they are called dojangs.

I believe that the origin of the martial arts may have had its beginnings in the Far East, but I don’t think anyone can say for sure. After all, some styles were developed in other parts of the world. For example, a style called Savate’ is from France. There are so many styles and schools of martial arts that it would be close to impossible to outline and discuss each one. However I would like to point out a few of the more popular styles and give you a little information on those to help you get started.

Do not spend a lot of time deciding on which style is right for you, because it is all good and you will become a dedicated student to whatever style you choose. Once you begin to learn and practice any style of martial art, you will be begin to develop an excellent sense of self and a most positive attitude, one that will instill in you the ‘yes I can do it’ approach to everything that makes up your everyday life.

If you want to increase your strength and energy, lose weight, improve your flexibility, relieve stress and tension, and learn self defense, then I know of nothing else that will better enable you to accomplish that than martial arts. Through participation and practice, every type or style of martial art will give you confidence, control, speed, power, balance, focus, and respect. Respect for the art, respect for the master, and respect for yourself.

I think it’s important to make a distinction between martial arts and self defense.  The martial arts are just that, arts with very specifically designed rules.  In self defense there are no rules. A lot of people learn the martial arts for self defense, but I have to admit, I’m not one hundred percent on board with this being the main reason. While it is true that the techniques of martial arts are very well adapted for self defense, I would hope most would study and practice it for the love of the art, physical fitness, and self improvement. However, I suppose that if you choose to study and practice a martial art, and your reason for doing so is self defense, then I guess that’s okay, at least you are learning.

Self defense is so much more than learning a martial art, or handling a taser, or shooting a gun. It requires you to sharpen your intuitive skills and learn to assess your situation every time you step away from your front door. You must learn to avoid any situation that is a potential threat. The first requirement of a good self defense program is to go on the offense and be proactive. The first stage of an effective self defense program is awareness.

Awareness means being aware of your surroundings, being able to recognize potential threats, and potentially dangerous situations. I observe people all the time, especially if they are in close proximity, watching for abnormal behavior. I am not saying you have to act paranoid every time you leave your home, but you do need to pay close attention to your surroundings. One thing I have noticed in my observations of people is that most are preoccupied in some way. They seem to be walking around oblivious to what is going on around them. Some will be totally absorbed walking around with their headphones on listening to whatever and just about everyone these days it seems has a smart phone and this makes preoccupation and unawareness worse.

Learning a martial art is a good place to start when it comes to personal self defense because it will help with your self confidence and make you more self assured. However, awareness of your surroundings will hopefully keep you from getting into an unsafe situation in the first place. It is important for you to know what your limitations are. I don’t care how much martial arts training you have or how many different styles and techniques you know, the most difficult thing you will ever encounter is how to remain calm in the face of fear.

When you are faced with fear your mind and body generally work together for self preservation. The two options that become available to you are to either stand your ground and defend yourself or run to a safe place, which in essence is also defending yourself. This is called the ‘flight or fight response’ and either one is acceptable.

I created a self defense program of my own based on my five years of formal martial arts training. I borrowed techniques from my Shotokan Karate training and my Hap Ki Do training, incorporated it into a self defense program, and called it Street Smart Self Defense. I taught this program to a number of students in an adult education program at the local community college, and the very first two things I educate students on is awareness of your surroundings and to remain calm in the face of fear.

Don’t confuse running for safety as being a chaotic response when faced with fear. It takes a calm and rational mind to make that decision when bodily harm is close at hand. A chaotic response in a potentially dangerous situation would be to freeze and not be able to protect yourself, and this happens to some people because they don’t know what to do, and they can’t seem to help it.

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AIKIJITSU

If you would like to learn a very effective style of martial art, but for whatever reason you can’t get to a dojo, then here’s a solution that may be right for you. It’s called Aikijitsu and it is a very versatile martial art. Thanks to the creation of the internet you can now learn Aikijitsu at home, and you can independently learn it at your own pace. There are no time restrictions. This is a great program that will allow you to prepare yourself and be ahead of the game when you do get the opportunity to train in person. It’s great if you are new to the world of martial arts or experienced and looking to expand your knowledge. It is a complete revolutionary video teaching step by step, there are no time restrictions, and the evaluation process will be able to monitor your progress, evaluate your skills, and assess your eligibility to move up in the belt ranks. You can literally go from a white belt to a black belt. This is a very effective self defense system used by the Samurai in ancient Japan for close combat fighting.

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AIKIJITSU

A versatile marital art

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AUTHENTIC TAI CHI

If you would like to tap into the ancient power of Tai Chi, then here’s a program that can show you how. Current medical research is now proving significant benefits for a variety of health problems and this ancient exercise has amazing health benefits. When the energy in your body is blocked it will cause pain and various chronic diseases. Tai Chi will improve diseases slowly but steadily, give you more energy, strengthen your immune system, relieve stress, and calm your mind.

Even though Tai Chi is a martial art, it has been practiced for thousands of years by many all over the world, and it is the epitome of Yin and Yang (balance.) It looks slow but it is fast, it is gentle but strong, it is soft but hard, and it will bring balance to your life. Everyone one can do this safe exercise every day even if you are eighty plus years old.

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 TAI CHI:

Takes only ten minutes per day

Is a gentle exercise

Can give you balance

Can make you feel calm

Will make your mind will be more alert

TAI CHI IS SCIENTIFICALLY DOCUMENTED:

To help reduce stress

Enhance flexibility

Improve balance

Decrease blood pressure

Help with heart disease

IF YOU PRACTICE TAI CHI DAILY:

You can prevent depression

Improve your sleep

Enhance your cardio vascular system

Enhance your circulatory system

Enhance your respiratory system

Enhance your nervous system

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SPIRITED MEDITATION

In my opinion the world we live in today is considerably more complicated and chaotic than any other time in my life. Living cost a lot more these days and to be truthful, cost of living has been steadily going up from year to year, and yet somehow, making more money to keep up has always been a problem. I can’t believe what I have to pay for a car and gasoline, not to mention food. The world population is getting crazier day by day, with the war on terrorism, and other geographical conflicts. Apparently, politics are up for grabs by anyone who has enough money to pursue such an endeavor, qualified or not, and we seemed to be having another civil war. I don’t mean like the North and the South, I mean between the Democrats and the Republicans, or the left and the right. We are all Americans, well most of us, and we should be working together.

Do you find yourself worrying about these things along with all the other personal areas of your life like relationships, family dynamics, and finances to name a few? Do you find yourself not having enough time to think or to even relax? The time has come to change all that, and I mean right now. Look, you’re not getting any younger, and I’m here to tell you from experience, for most of us, the older we get, the more our health takes a hit. It is time for you to realize awareness and clarity. It is time for you to have peace of mind, help you achieve clear focus, and experience enlightenment.

There is a program that combines meditation and spirituality and lead you to a calm and happier mindset. Discover what your life’s purpose is, the secret to separating yourself from your thoughts, learn how to control your emotions, learn the art of breathing and living in the moment, and of course achieving enlightenment. This spiritual meditation program will show you how to gain balance, clarity, and peace of mind.

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You can combine meditation and spirituality

You can discover awareness

You can experience enlightenment

You can separate yourself from your thoughts

You can control your emotions

You can learn the art of Zen breathing

You can live in the moment

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STUDY CHI

Now that you know Chi is a vital life force energy and its relativity to all things this program will show you how to awaken the Chi, the life force, that is naturally inside you. You will learn how it can heal your body, mind, and spirit, and how to balance your thoughts and emotions. This program will also show you how to significantly increase your energy levels so you will feel calm and peaceful. My ally is the Force and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow, its energy surrounds us and binds us to the Universe.

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 THIS PROGRAM WILL HELP YOU:

Understand that Chi is the vital life force energy

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Balance your thoughts and emotions

Heal your body mind and spirit

Learn about the energy of the Universe

Feel calm and peaceful

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TAI CHI FOR LIFE

Tai Chi is an ancient martial art with an excellent history that takes only ten minutes a day and gives you a balanced exercise routine that can help you develop and maintain a focused, calm, and alert mind. This Tai Chi program will show you that it is scientifically documented to help in stress reduction, enhanced flexibility, improved balance, decreases blood pressure, and helps with heart disease. If you practice Tai Chi daily you can prevent depression and improve sleep. Tai Chi will enhance the functioning of the cardiovascular, circulatory, respiratory, and nervous systems. You’ve heard of endorphins, right? A pain relieving chemical released during exercise and helps your body’s response to stress? In less than ten minutes a day Tai Chi can help you cope better, maybe reduce the need for pain medication, and get you back in shape. Doing Tai Chi every day gives you the mind set to live a healthy lifestyle, work on improving your diet, and create balance in your life. Here are three more reasons to learn Tai Chi; you can practice any time, any place, and you don’t need any equipment. Tai Chi can contribute to a feeling of personal well being.

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LEARN TAI CHI AND YOU WILL:

Feel calm

Feel balanced

Have an alert mind

Reduce stress

Enhance your flexibility

Decrease blood pressure

Improve your sleep

Enhance your cardio vascular system

Enhance your circulatory system

Enhance your respiratory system

Enhance your nervous system

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