Self-defence can be an extremely useful skill to learn, giving you that peace of mind and just making you feel more at ease in your everyday life and surroundings. There are varying types of self-defence practices that are taught, such as Boxing, Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Taekwondo, Karate and Muay Thai to name a few.
While safety is a big factor in learning these techniques, they are also used for general fitness, mental development and movement coordination. So really, they're an overall awesome way to spend an hour before or after work. We've listed below some of the types of self-defence techniques, so you can choose which one sounds the best for you.
Boxing has long been known as a great way to tone your body, while also helping you learn how to strike and evade punches. If you're looking to gain strength as well as coordination, boxing is ideal.
Krav Maga is an Israeli military practice that focuses on real-world situations and learning how to defend yourself when needed. It will teach you how to kick, punch, grapple, elbow and knee others in order to keep yourself safe.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is mainly performed on the ground, with people focusing more so on close-contact grappling. It provides both a mental and physical workout as it allows you to think quickly and make decisions fast.
Judo's main goal is to either throw one's opponent to the ground or to stop one's opponent with a grappling maneuver. It's predominately groundwork heavy and techniques such as punching and kicking aren't allowed in contests and is usually not allowed in practice times due to safety.
Taekwondo typically involves using all parts of the body, focusing on sweeping kicks and forceful punches.
Karate is a weaponless form of self-defence, instead using defensive techniques such as punching and kicking to subdue the other person. The ability to harness and coordinate both the mind and body is an important part of Karate, allowing the person to gain power over the situation.
Muay Thai or also commonly called Thai Boxing is a stand-up striking sport where two opponents throw punches, kicks, elbows and knees.
If you're looking for a great way to exercise, learn some new skills and keep yourself safe, you have plenty of options to choose from.
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Information sourced from: Healthline, Krav Maga, Essential Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Taekwondo World, University of Michigan and Yokkao.
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