Learning self-defense is often an overlooked necessity. The rate of Aggravated Assault, Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking, only continue to rise and individuals should consider learning how to protect and defend themselves. When considering martial arts for self defense, people often think they live in a good neighborhood and say things like “that’ll never happen to me”. The truth is, there is no such thing as a “good neighborhood” and you can’t control everything that happens to you.
The purpose of martial arts is to be better than you were yesterday; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Plenty of martial arts dojos focus on competition – although this is wonderful for children, it’s not always practical for adults. The way of The Zen Warrior is to train you in the styles of Shotokan Karate, Aikido, and Judo so you gain the confidence needed to safely escape a life-threatening attack.
Training in Shotokan Karate, Aikido, and Judo will provide you with the versatility and capability to adapt to whatever situations you may find yourself in.
I had been training for a little over nine years when I was targeted and sexually assaulted. I was fortunate enough to have been training for so long, yet I still was a victim. I didn’t expect him to attack me, nor did I fully understand what was happening. Without going into too much detail, one minute I felt uncomfortable and scared and the next calm, cool, and collected. I simply did what my body was trained to do.
Even after all of my years of training, I still never once thought that I would become a victim of an assault. Granted, I walked away without a scratch, whereas he had a bloody nose, sprained wrist, and a few fractured ribs. However, since that moment, my life was never the same.
I began asking myself, “what about the victims who couldn’t get away?”. I was lucky to have met my Sensei Tim when I did, and I was fortunate enough to become one of his students – because, without my training, my story could have turned into a tragedy.
Self-defense taught me the skills I needed to fight against harassment, abuse, and assault, including everyday situations that don’t involve a physical attack. Sign up and develop self-respect and environmental and situational awareness.
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