Learn Self Defense

September 13, 2010 by  
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Patricia Lyons, a 3rd degree Blackbelt, has been teaching Martial Arts for eighteen years. Together with her Master John Gill, they will be contributing to White Ribbon Day awareness through a series of free self-defense classes for women in the Sydney area.

The seminars will teach the most effective sexual assault defence strategies and how to escape an abduction, which Lyons hopes will empower women to feel more confident on how to escape potentially life threatening situations. The seminars are fun, practical and easy to learn, and suitable for women of all ages. They will be held at Glebe PCYC, 2‐8 Minogue Cresecnt, Glebe,

Types Of Martial Arts For Everyone

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The world of martial arts is vast and plentiful to say the very least. Countless individuals from around the globe decide at some point or another to begin studying a martial art. Maybe it’s a Korean style like tae kwon do, maybe it’s a Brazilian art such as Gracie Ju Jit Su or maybe it’s simply traditional Japanese GoJu Ryu Karate. Regardless of what style you have in mind, there are wonderful martial arts instructors out there to teach you well. Naturally the key is finding the best teachers for the types of martial arts you’re considering.

What are you looking to attain from martial arts? Are you seeking styles of martial arts that focus on health and getting into better physical condition, or are you searching high and low for effective types of martial arts that teach great self defense. Believe it or not, but there are differences amongst the styles. Not all martial art forms are created equally. Each art of self defense tends to have strong suits and weak aspects. Let’s say you’re considering traditional Tae Kwon Do as you martial art to study. This is considered a hard style and it focuses greatly on high kicking techniques. A hard style is essentially one that places more focus on brute strength over technique. An example of a soft martial arts style would be tai chi chuan. This ancient art places more focus on relaxation, adapting to your opponent and using less effort to exert more force. As you can see, different types of martial arts offer different attributes.

A great place to begin your search for the ideal martial art is in cyberspace. This not only allows you to learn ample information about various types of martial arts, but it additionally grants you access to what’s available near you. Sadly not all styles of martial arts will be accessible. So much depends on where you live. However, if you reside in a large urban area such as Los Angeles or New York City, you’ll probably have your pick of countless martial arts styles. Just remember, if the teacher in not good, the art won’t be either. Who’s teaching you is always crucial!

The Facts About Mixed Martial Arts

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Have you seen the Ultimate Fighting Championship? If you have, then you already know why this sport uses mixed martial arts. For those who have no idea, here are some facts you should know about.

Mixed martial arts made its introduction in early 1990’s. Its growth was very slow at first and it was always both brutal and violent. In the years that followed, rules were set up which helped gain its popularity among the audience which enabled television channels to broadcast it in the airwaves.

Despite the rules, matches between two fighters are still violent. Some leave the ring with a broken arm or leg while others have cuts or bruises. The only good news is that no one has died yet in the ring unlike boxing. Just to give you an idea, there are at least 11 boxers who die every year.

The reason why you call it mixed martial arts is because a fighter for instance in judo challenges another fighter in another martial art discipline. The key to winning depends on your technique and your conditioning.

Mixed martial arts are now more popular than boxing or wrestling. In one show, it made $30 million and the company owned by the Fertita brothers is now worth $700 million.

The athletes who also participate in these matches get paid very well. One example is Diego Sanchez who was given $7,000 for a fight. If he won the match, he gets an additional $7,000. You could earn more depending on your skill. Top rated fighters can get $200,000 or even more for just one fight.

If you saw the Contender which featured Sylvester Stallone, Sugar Ray Leonard and a few up and coming boxers, a mixed martial arts version came out soon after. Here, amateur fighters are trained by professionals and compete in elimination matches until the last two standing fight for the title of the Ultimate Fighter.

Mixed martial arts has spread throughout the globe. They are called by different names as well. In Japan, it is called PRIDE. The ring and the rules may be different but its essence remains the same.

What you see is what you get when two fighters enter the ring. This means there is no script and everything you see is real. If a fighter goes down, it is because one fighter was better skilled then than the other.

Mixed martial arts is growing despite the fact that it was once banned in television by Senator McCain. Experts believe that it will peak in the next 15 to 20 years and who knows; this sport may one day be part of the Olympics.

But despite what you see on television, mixed martial arts is a great form of exercise and it also teaches you about self defense. This is very useful regardless of your age or gender because criminals attack when they think you are vulnerable.

As a result, a lot of gyms offer classes to their members. Other benefits of learning mixed martial arts include building your self confidence and making you strong both mentally and physically. Children can also learn it so they can defend themselves if ever someone at school decides to pick on them which is something that no parent wants their child to experience.

Suitable Styles And Advices For Tai Chi Lovers

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There is a common misconception for the new generation to think that Tai Chi is just for the elderly. It is popular for the older people because Tai Chi can contribute so much to their health. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t need to experience the rejuvenating power of Tai Chi. In fact, there are several forms of Tai Chi that can be practiced by people of all ages. | | If they wanted something subtle and can also be used as a form of self-defense, you can try to practice the Sun style. It was derived from different kung fu techniques. You can choose from the different kinds of styles, anything that suits you. | | Classes that form Tai Chi raises up to 15-20 people only. This is so they wouldn’t crowd in one place because Tai Chi is an art that needs sufficient space; wide enough to fit everyone in and not hit each other while doing the activity. The most common population included therein are those belonging to the early 20s until the late 80s. These are the people who see the benefits in performing Tai Chi. | | According to physical therapists and those that are joined in the medical field, there are five distinct forms of Tai Chi and within these styles there are different variations. It is said that Tai Chi is suitable for those who are experiencing arthritis. Therapists are using the Sun style Tai Chi for lessening the effects of arthritis. If you are the kind that has arthritis, never try the Chen style because it is a bit brisk and is an active style that is not very much recommended.| | If you have enrolled in a Tai Chi class that introduces several styles, that would be fine. Always remember that the right kind of Tai Chi is the one that you can easily perform without the fear of suffering pain or going through the excruciating movements that you can’t do. You have to do motions that don’t need any force.| | Before enrolling in a Tai Chi session, make sure that you have spare time because it lasts for an hour and is held at least once or thrice a week. First, the instructors will start out on the easy task like a subtle warm up and deep breathing exercises. They may also suggest a brief meditation to calm the mind.| | The instructor will demonstrate poses leading to sequences until it is linked in longer and smoother sequences that are all done in a step-by-step manner. You can either be taught to perform slowly or in a more energetic and speedy way. But you have to take note that the movements are always done in a very soft and graceful manner. The attention to posture and breathing is always emphasized.| | As the way classes begin, it’s the way classes end. Sometimes, you do exercises to cool you down or even a short meditation is done. And when the class is adjourned, you will feel more refreshed and relaxed than before. If ever you felt pain on parts of your muscles and joints, tell your instructor about it. So as to change the movements that can be applied for your limits.| | Now before you apply to the program, ask your doctor’s opinion about it especially if you have encountered any health problems in the past. You can ask certain advise if what are the movements to prevent. |

Open Hand Self-Defense Techniques To Defend Yourself

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Punches and kicks are the “darlings” when learning or watching self-defense techniques. Boxing, MMA and most tournament style martial arts competitions thrive on punches and kicks. Nevertheless, open hand strikes can be more effective in many fighting defense situations and especially for women’s self-defense. Open handed strikes are so effective and so potentially lethal that they are banned in many competitive sports. In this article I will concentrate on three open handed personal protection strikes.

MMA and martial arts tournament competitors are typically not allowed to use many if any open handed defense techniques or to attack their opponent with these tactics. Gouging the eyes or nasal cavities with the fingers or attacking the throat with a chop or spearhand is against the rules. And for good reason. They can seriously injure a competitor.

There are no rules on the street. Gouging the eyes or nasal cavities or attacking the neck or throat is oftentimes the first and most effective self-defense technique one can use. If you can render the attacker sightless or not able to breathe properly you have given yourself an advantage and an opportunity to escape. Applying these self-defense moves with full force and through the target is essential to stopping a fight.

Open Hand Self-Defense Technique 1

A palm strike to the chin can be very effective in getting the attacker away from you. In platform diving there is a saying that goes “where the head goes the body will follow”. This is due to gravity. The same can be said if applying enough force to the chin. Reverse gravity. The body will follow the head. With enough force you can take him to the ground or bash the back of his head into an object.

Open Hand Self-Defense Technique 2

A spearhand with the tips of the fingers or the knuckles of a partially closed hand to the throat can be devastating and potentially lethal. Depending on where the strike lands and how much force is applied the assailant can be severely injured. If the strike crushes the larynx, trachea or windpipe they may not be able to breathe. Most any strike to the throat will cause partial breathing problems. At the very least they will be in severe pain and will most likely allow you to escape.

Open Hand Self-Defense Technique 3

Attacking the eyes or nasal cavities with the fingers may be the best self-defense tactic as an initial strike. Especially for women’s self-defense. Many women have longer and stronger fingernails than men. Acrylic nails or polish can make them even stronger and can potentially cause more damage. If you can attack the eyes or nasal cavities there is no fighting defense the assailant can use to stop you. The eyelids and nose contain very weak muscles. They will not be able withstand an attack from your finger or fingers.
As repulsive or gory as it may seem gouging out their eyeballs or ripping the nostrils out of their nose may be your only option. Causing someone not to be able to breathe or crushing the back of their skull on a hard surface could be another circumstance. When your survival is on the line the only thing you must be thinking about is surviving. Even after applying any of these self-defense techniques a barrage of strikes may be needed. The attacker must be rendered helpless or you must be able to escape without being seriously injured.

Take A Stance Against A Threat In A Self-Defense Situation

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In a life-threatening situation your initial reaction may be the most important self-defense technique you can employ. A few simple moves may be all it takes to defend yourself. Weather you are approached on the street by a mugger or in a bar and someone gets in your face your initial reaction must be a defense technique. In this article I will explain what is a proper stance and what can be done using this fight defense.

If approached by a threatening person your first reaction needs to be to defend yourself. Your initial self-defense technique needs to be a step out of reach of the assailant. The second tactic is to “cover up” some of the vulnerable parts of the body. This subtle move is neither threatening nor appearing that you are completely giving in by throwing yourself at their feet with your arms over your head.

A proper stance to employ involves using your dominant arm to cover your neck. Turn sideways to them with the dominant leg back and place the dominant hand on your chin as if you are contemplating what the aggressor is saying. At the same time place the less dominant arm across the abdomen.

This self-defense technique accomplishes three things. First it allows blocking a strike to your neck or chin or to your stomach or diaphragm. Second it places your dominant hand in a position for a quick strike to the assailant if they come at you. Third it does not allow an attack from the rear by an additional assailant that you have not seen to apply a choke hold.

This stance also allows a number of blocking and striking advantages. If attacked with a strike or kick your arms are already in a fighting defense position. The upper arm can block strikes to the head and face. The lower arm can block kicks to the groin or lower abdomen area. The stance also allows preemptive or counter strikes rather easily as the arms and hands are in position to strike and they may not see it coming as you are in a non-threatening position. An aggressive stance such as both hands clenched in fists around your face invites a fight.

An initial preemptive or counter strike needs to be followed up by a barrage of strikes preferably to the face and neck. Standing sideways to the aggressor allows stepping into them with a strike or kick. The step in produces additional power getting the body weight behind the strike or kick As with any self-defense technique strikes need to be delivered with full force through the target to be the most effective.
The dominant hand can be used for a strike to the throat as a punch with a closed hand or as a chop. It can also be used as a palm heel to the chin. The less dominant hand can be used as a follow up to gouge the eyes or nose. The important point to note here is to continue with a barrage or strikes. Once you are into them use elbows, knees, feet, head butts, etc. Be relentless in the attack using any self-defense techniques you can to create a way to escape.