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Blog By M. Mitera
It’s wishful thinking to imagine a world where people don’t have to constantly look over their shoulders to make sure no one is following them. Unfortunately, it is mostly women who deal with the fear of going out in to the world alone. In 2014, the Criminal Victimization Board found that US residents over the age of 12 have experienced 5.4 million violent victimizations. This includes but isn’t limited to rape or sexual assault, simple assault, and aggravated assault. Women need to be more educated in how to protect themselves from an assailant and here are the top three reasons why.
In learning self defense, a woman will be able to not only protect herself but her family if necessary. Although men are supposedly the stronger sex, martial arts such as Bujustu teach those involved to fend of an attacker and then escape, rather than staying to fight. The goal is not to continue the altercation but to get away and find help as soon as possible. Another goal is to potentially disarm an attacker that is carrying a weapon. Most martial arts programs show students how to obtain a weapon from an attacker and use it to their advantage or at least to escape. While learning self defense doesn’t 100% assure your safety, this skill will drastically reduce the chances of you getting hurt or injured if you are attacked.
When learning self-defense, you are also taught discipline. This trait will transfer over to other parts of your life. You will begin to realize that you are a better parent, a better friend, a better worker, etc with this new found calmness. Self-defense has a lot to do with controlling breathing, staying relaxed, and to respond to situations instead of reacting to them. In the year 2018, we are surrounded by instant gratification. Self-defense doesn’t allow for this instant feeling of importance. It teaches patience and diligence, something that isn’t really taught in regular, every day life anymore. Self-defense tactics will not only help to keep you safe but will drastically improve your outlook on life, as you will constantly be working on a process that has no end.
If you’re not convinced to give some self-defense classes just yet, you should also know that learning self-defense can boost confidence. It teaches you that your life matters enough to fight for and so do the lives of your friends and families. Self-defense doesn’t care what gender you are, what your age is, or your physical strength. It will push you to be better than you ever thought you could be and this air of confidence might deter attackers in the first place. But at least you’ll know that you have the ability to defend yourself.
At MALS, we have a wide selection of self defense items available. We take our client’s safety very seriously and since we work with many people who work late in to the night, we want to make sure everyone is okay. If you have any questions about self-defense or want to look at our stock of self-defense items, just swing by the shop and let one of our associates show you! We are open seven days a week, Monday through Friday 10am-10pm, Saturday 10am to 9pm, and Sunday from 12am to 6pm!
About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.