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October 04 2015


Self-Defense Training Tips For Those Starting out


I started my self-defense learning a small town in Georgia immediately after high school in the early 90's. I was a skinny kid that experienced scuffles all of the time growing up. Therefore i figured it only made sense. And well, I am training off and on ever since. - Self-Defense

Unfortunately I have not reached ninja status or anywhere even close (not really Karate Kid status), however i have learned a few things besides techniques... What I've learned are a couple of very important tips that can help other people starting their lessons in self-defense. I guess you could say I've gained some wisdom.

Slow it Down

The first tip I have is to simply slow down while training. Seriously, enter sloth mode. So many people starting off in self-defense training want to learn a technique as quickly as possible... And this just isn't a good idea in any way. For one, you need to spend some time with every technique so you learn it correctly. Unless you take your time and be patient, you can pretty much bet you'll not master the technique. Therefore basically you have wasted your time and effort and money.

Secondly, if when getting started you move too fast, the prospect of injuring your training partner skyrockets. Think about it, you have someone who has just learned an arm bar, and rather than taking it slow, they hop on you without any control and fully execute an arm bar. Bam! See ya later elbow!

Just Listen

You would think listening would be a given. And you also would think listening would just be the respectful thing for young students to do. However, a lot of people that start off training wish to provide the class and the instructor with their inexperienced opinion for the reasons why a certain technique will not work or whatever else... They need to say things like, "Who would ever grab that suits you... ", "How would the job if... ", "This is not realistic because... " Okay folks, here's the contract, you need to just become all ears when it is time to train. I can almost guarantee that if it's all said and done, and you really are looking back, you will understand why your instructor taught you the way they did. That has been the case for me.

Always Practice

In case you normally need a partner to apply your jiu-jitsu, aikido or whatever discipline you could be studying, whenever you are not in the dojo training, explain to you your techniques in your mind. This will help commit this info to memory. And then for any striking arts, shadow box. Which is all I have to say with that. - Self-Defense

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