The How And Why To Learn Self-Defense Techniques At Home

The incidents of assaults against women seem to grow every day. Everything from simple assault to rape, women are assaulted much more often than men and that is just a fact.

The numbers of domestic abuse assaults are astounding with close to one of every three women in a relationship being a victim, and what is even more amazing is that only one out of every 10 of them even gets reported.

If you have any doubts about the rise in crime rates, watch the evening news! You can’t see a newscast without some story about crime whether it’s a home invasion, assault, robbery, carjacking, murder or other crime.

We have always recommended that people carry a self-defense product with them virtually wherever they go. And those tools can be a good way of protecting you and your family in most situations. But we have always recommended another step-learning the basics of self-defense as the foundation of a strategy.

We have been on a bandwagon for years now, preaching and campaigning for public schools to teach the basics of self-defense techniques to their students starting at an early age. If those lessons are learned early and practiced over the years, they would be a way for young women especially to defend themselves in almost any situation. We have pretty much given up on ever seeing this come to fruition.

So how would men and women learn self-defense techniques? Almost every community has an organization such as the “Y” that offers self-defense classes. If you live in a college community, the chances are near 100% that they offer these classes.

There are private citizens that offer self-defense classes. Just look in the phone book! Joe the barber down the street has some as well as Mary the beautician. They may be martial arts self-defense instructors part-time and hold other jobs full time. Is that who you want to learn from?

We have always maintained whenever you learn anything, you should choose the instructor with the best experience and the most knowledge. It makes no sense to learn from a rookie.

If you have the time and commitment to stick to a schedule for these classes, that is fine but to be honest most people don’t.

Where do police officers, SWAT team members, Navy SEALs, Green Berets and others military Special Forces units learn the skills that make them so effective? Where do they go and who do they turn to for this training? All military forces go through basic hand-to-hand combat training. But the elite Special Forces get extra doses of training in unarmed combat courses.

The Why Of Learning Self-Defense Techniques At Home

Our training tools are put together by experts in the field. That is one reason why we recommend one of our self-defense training DVDs or training manuals. They offer you the opportunity to:

  1. Learn at home in the comfort and convenience of your own surroundings.
  2. Learn from a world class instructor that would otherwise be unavailable to you.
  3. Practice as often as you like, when you like at your own pace. Repetition is key to learning any motor skill.
  4. Practice emergency scenarios alone or with a friend honing the skills you have learned.
  5. When the time comes, and it will, your skills need to be second nature so that you react instinctively instead of wondering what to do.

The How Of Learning Self-Defense Techniques At Home

Here are some examples.

  1. There is a 190 page manual called FMFM 07 which stands for Fleet Marine Force Manual 07. It teaches the methodology and techniques of the Marine Corps system of close combat. It has been said that the Marines are the best fighting force in the world. This manual will teach you the skills the Marines learn to get to that level.
  2. Highly recognized expert Kimber Johnson is a lifetime martial artist and sexual assault survivor who teaches rape prevention techniques and predator defense in this one-hour video. It is one of the few DVDs that is geared specifically towards women and teaches the principles and tactics to defeat a determined sexual predator. She shows you in detail how to defend against hair pulling, choking and being pinned as well as being shoved from any direction.
  3. Paul Vunak has years of experience teaching hand-to-hand combat to Navy SEALs, FBI, CIA and SWAT teams from police departments around the country. In this one-hour video he teaches you the 8 basic tools of Jeet Kune Do which is street fighting in its most fundamental sense. This video will teach you the skills you need to get out of 90% of all street confrontations.

Black Belt Magazine describes Jeet Kune Do also referred to as JKD “as a martial art created by Bruce Lee during the 1960s. Neither a system nor a method, Bruce Lee didn’t consider his art a style but an aggregate of principles for developing the martial mind and body.”

JKD is often suggested as a great beginner course for novices wanting to learn the basics of self-defense. It is often referred to as a “style without style” capitalizing on different tools for different situations that are divided into ranges such as kicking, punching, trapping and grappling. JKD is not fixed or patterned but rather a philosophy based on the concept of interception or attacking while one’s opponent is about to attack.

Lee believed that combat was spontaneous rather than rigid. His system allow users to move fluidly from situation to situation which is one reason why it is so effective.

Those are some of the hows and whys of taking a self-defense course to learn defensive techniques at home.

Have you ever taken a self-defense course at home? Do you think it is better to learn from a world class instructor at home or not? We want to hear your thoughts.