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What Are the Benefits of Self-Defense Classes?

Self-defense classes offer a number of benefits for people of all ages. You can take self-defense classes in gyms and community centers around the country. There are a variety of styles, moves and self-defense techniques, so do your research to find a style that fits you, and then find a qualified instructor in that style.

Safety

Self-defense classes teach you how to defend yourself in a variety of situations, according to the Prepare website. Knowing self-defense can help you feel less anxious in public. You will learn the basics of how to quickly disable an attacker so that you can escape, focusing on learning how to take advantage of time and space to make a quick getaway.

Exercise

Self-defense classes can offer exercise benefits such as muscle toning and strengthening, improved balance and coordination and an effective cardiovascular workout. Such classes also help you improve your overall physical condition, your mental approach to health and fitness and your chances of escaping from an attack, according to martial arts expert Joel Wasel. Various moves, kicks, punches, twists and turns used in self-defense or martial arts techniques also help increase flexibility, strength and stamina. Self defense teaches that it takes more than muscles to defeat an attacker, according to Master Instructor Sam Chan of Chan's Kung Fu School.

Increased Self-Confidence

Training in self defense helps people, especially women, develop more confidence in themselves and their surroundings, according to Wasel. Self-defense training helps you learn to be more aware of your surroundings and to be prepared for the unexpected at any time. Knowing that you have the ability to defend yourself often helps you more fully explore the world, meet new people and find new ways to engage with others.

Social Interaction

Self-defense classes give you an opportunity to gather with peers, meet new people and develop new friendships. Many self defense classes are made up of people in different age groups or with different ethnic or cultural backgrounds, which can help you build a greater tolerance and understanding of other cultures. Martial arts and many self-defense disciplines teach the importance of respecting differences, honoring your elders and showing respect and tolerance of others.

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