Reality-based martial arts and self defenseTraining in martial arts is one of the easiest, safest, and most effective ways to prepare for the worst. The trick, however, is to enroll in reality-based martial arts classes. Traditional martial arts teach you a way of life. They foster important life skills and teach many valuable lessons. The limits of their suitability for self-defense in a street fight are debatable however.Reality-based martial arts classes educate you in the concepts, techniques, and skills needed to successfully evade and survive conflict situations, which you are most likely to come across in your environment. Bullying at school, mugging, street violence, kidnapping, malicious attack, grievous bodily harm by a spouse or another known/unknown perpetrator – danger lurks at every corner of modern life. And hoping you or a loved one are never faced with such a situation doesn’t actually reduce the chances.The goal of reality-based martial arts is to avoid violence and escape danger using speed, swiftness, and agile body motions. But it also prepares you to prevail, should things escalate into physical violence. A good martial arts school that provides reality-based classes will train and perfect your instincts, emergency responses, motor movements, and quick decision-making abilities in the face of real life conflicts that send your body into a confused fight-or-flight state.
What makes reality-based classes so effectiveThe training is typically divided into three phases, each focused on
- avoiding/escaping a dangerous situation,
- prevailing in the actual fight, and,
- behaving in a responsible manner after the conflict gets over.