Women Self Defense is mainly a male point of view martial arts where the focus is more on strength, size, fitness level etc. which is not applicable for most women. If the women is a small person, or her age is young, maybe she is physically not fit, or she is a older women etc these are some of the factors that effects the outcome of a street assault.
Older or Newer Martial Arts
- Do not get caught by words like: karate, Kung Fu, Krav maga, mixed martial arts, realistic scenario training etc.. Lot of schools just use these names to attract clients.
- Being 200 years old does not mean it is adaptable to modern crime scenarios. Can it handle simple crime situations when you are wearing skirts, silhouettes or saree etc?
- Being old does not mean better, sometimes we need to modern prospective on crime, and criminals.
Role of Fitness, Flexibility and Strength
- Lot of martial arts requires fitness, strength and flexibility. Bruce lee, jackie chan are not fat, pot bellied people.
- They used to practice daily for more than 8 hours or so to look and do stuff like that you see in movies.
- Your body is your temple. If you are fat, thin, small, big, young, old, you are working with that. That your baseline.
- Can you defend yourself in that body today? not a year from now when you will do your crash diet course, or when you will join a gym and slim down.
- NOW, can you defend yourself NOW using these moves of martial arts?
Limitations of Real Life
- Can you kick like that wearing sari? Can you jump or roll on a crowded road where there are not soft mats on the floor? Can you do these moves against a bigger stronger man?
- Can you jump in and out of the car or the bus or use high kicks inside a car?
- Can you fight your martial arts moves wearing 6 inch heels or a party dress if needed?
- Can you fight without your reading or regular classes or without your shoes?
- Can you fight with your husband, child holding you or involved in the argument? Can you protect them at all time?
Psychological Factors before, during and after
- Last but not the least, martial arts just teaches you how to fight. That all.
- Martial art is all about fighting, any result of fighting is never good.
- Martial arts does not teach you how to prevent, avoid and escape any threat.
- Martial arts does not teach you how to deal with the trauma, stress of the fight and the fear factor involved in such a situation.
Women learning Self defense is not about fulfilling a small dream to act like Bruce Lee, but for a women it’s all about honor, dignity and way of life. Make your choice wisely.