Self-Defense Techniques Worth Remembering

Most people associate self-defense with kicks and jabs. These powerful moves are useful, but there are other important things to considerations when it comes to learning self-defense. Here are some techniques everyone should remember:

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1. Be aware of the surroundings.

Awareness is the first key to defending oneself. It doesn’t matter if it’s in a crowded area or an empty street. A person must know how to take in the details of his or her surroundings. Being instinctive yet calm in a suspicious environment is important to stay safe.

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2. Know the pressure points.

These body parts are the most vulnerable. The eyes, nose, neck, and knees are the target points that must be hit when a person is being attacked. To incapacitate the attacker even for a few moments, a person must know how to defend using the elbows, knees, and head. A strong elbow through the nose can cause injury.

3. Use common objects.

Keeping keys or a pen in the pocket could be helpful in desperate situations. Having a pepper spray or even something as simple as a perfume spritzer can help a person get away from an attacker. These simple objects must always be easy to reach for faster defense in case of an attack.

As much as possible, it is much safer to avoid contact. In the event of a mugging or other similar occurrences, it is better to leave possessions than to sacrifice personal safety. For assault or personal attacks, the victim must try to get as far as possible from the attacker especially after defending oneself. In self-defense, a person’s safety is the top priority.

Peter Spennato is a martial arts specialist and defense instructor. He has undergone martial arts training for decades, namely judo and Korean Tang Soo Doo. Visit this bog for more information on martial arts.


Using Meditation In Judo: Enhancing Fighting Skills

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To view judo as a means to protect one’s self gives an imbalanced representation of the martial art. Judo is a way of thinking; a guiding principle that manifests itself in a sound mind and the ability to fight. Popular media has emphasized the latter as the most profound facet of judo; yet for many masters, it is only when the art is done with meditation and Zen does it achieve proper fruition.

The achievement is based on diligence. Those who train in martial arts or mixed martial arts are told to improve on their fighting techniques daily. The goal is to achieve physical strength and to build resistance. One never knows when to defend himself of herself. Still, physical training is merely an action towards a goal. Steps without substance lead to a person knowing how to fight but not understanding why.

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This is where meditation comes in. It provides the necessary introspection for the fighter. Many masters rarely engage in battles because they have already reached the point of true understanding. They are not cowards, but they also do not needlessly pick fights to prove their strength.

Meditation also has a physical benefit. Studies show that daily and powerful mindfulness techniques improve the immune system and enhance general well-being. Fighters typically are stressed and can over-exert themselves. The practice of meditation can ensure total mind and body health.

Peter Spennato is a martial arts specialist with advanced training in judo and Korean Tang Soo Doo. He wants to help people better understand the importance of martial arts – that it goes beyond throws and grabs. Learn more by following this Twitter account.