Martial Arts Training is Not a Complete Self-Defense System
Posted: November 30, 2017
Self-defense is always a relevant topic to discuss. In schools and dojos across the country, men and women are learning how to stand up for themselves and keep themselves safe for attackers. It can also build the students’ confidence. Unfortunately, this confidence coupled with overstated claims used by many gyms for advertising can lure many into a false sense of security. While the martial arts are useful, they don't provide a complete self-defense system.
Of course we should note that there's nothing wrong with martial arts training. Not only is this kind of training fantastically helpful for some situations, but the skills and mindset learned are applicable to many other areas of life. The danger, though, is that those who are trained in martial arts will ignore other vital types of defense necessary in our modern world.
Any good instructor will tell his or her students that martial arts training will, at best, give a student a chance to run away after incapacitating an attacker. While helpful in some situations, this doesn't take into account those situations in which stopping the conflict altogether is a more reasonable solution. Being able to incapacitate an intruder might be helpful, but it's far more useful and safer to stop someone from breaking into your home at all.
Martial arts skills are better thought of as last resort type of defense, when there is no weapon to be used or help to be found. They certainly don't replace concealed weapons or pepper spray as methods of incapacitating an attacker at range. These skills can also do relatively little to protect a home, especially from someone larger or better trained. Having only a single skill in your self-defense repertoire seems like a dangerously overconfident way to protect yourself.
Should you train in the martial arts for self-defense? There's certainly not a reason to avoid doing so. It's important, though, that you remember that this is only one part of your total regimen. Investing in other tools can, in some cases, be easier and give you a more comprehensive sense of safety. Personal security system packages start as low as $7 per week these days, and picking up pepper spray is as easy as finding a merchant who sells self-defense supplies. Equipping yourself against danger is easier than ever.
If you study martial arts, take them seriously. They could, after all, save your life. Simply remember that these skills aren't all that you need to stay safe in the modern world. Investing your time and money into more robust forms of defense may be the key to keeping you safe from those threats your martial arts training simply cannot overcome.