A lot of people make one and the same mistakes choosing a martial art school or courses for self-defense. They don’t analyze what is urban self-defense and which styles could be the most effective. A wrong choice can lead to dangerous consequences. That is why we decided to share our recommendations on the right martial art selection in this article.
First of all, urban self-defense consists of 4 sections:
1. Preventive measures – victimology (if you look self-confident, then an occasional criminal wouldn’t attack you), safety precautions (don’t walk at a backstreet at night)
2. Conflict management – at this stage you need to convince an aggressor you’re the wrong person to mess with (know how to analyze different people and talk to them with the help of applied psychology)
3. Fight – physical stage of a conflict. Most of people think this stage is self-defense which is wrong. If you couldn’t solve a conflict without a fight it’s a mistake, although sometimes it’s inevitable.
4. Dealing with consequences – talking to police officers, first aid, and so on.
– First section includes mental work (self-confidence), work at your posture and manner of walking – a criminal doesn’t like self-confident people. He would prefer to attack an unconfident person, who looks like a victim.
– Second section is about profiling and applied conflictology – you know different personality types, know how to deal with them, and you can understand if an opponent is going to attack you the next moment.
– Third section – techniques, strikes, throws. Tactics. Your skills should vary – from a soft neutralization of aggression to the hardcore mode. You need to know how to defend yourself against multiple attackers and weapons.
– Fourth section – right communication with the law enforcement officers. You need to know related laws and have a good lawer. We live in a world where a defender can turn to an aggressor, so sometimes self-defense in a court is more important than self-defense in a street.
Taking all above-mentioned into consideration you need to search a style which can give you all of it. What do we have in a “menu”?
– Traditional martial arts
– Combat sports
– Applied systems
We also need to consider such necessary skills as:
– Fighting against multiple attackers
– Against weapons (knife, stick, other)
– As a group (you with a friend(s) against multiple attackers)
– Defense of a third party (your family, friends, other)
– Fighting in a confined space, in a darkness, and so on
So what is the best solution?
– Traditional martial arts include such useful things as healing practices and self-development. Also there is a defense against cold steel. But what about firearms? What about conflictology and juridical matters? So, traditional martial arts are obsolete in some ways. Sure, an experienced master can settle a conflict without a fight, but what about juridical aftermath?
– Combat sports are about winning a competition. This target dictates selection of techniques and teaching methods. A sportsman doesn’t need to know how to use weapons, or defend from weapons, or fight against multiple attackers. Also they don’t learn extreme conflictology as they don’t need it as well. Yes, a sports trainer can be a “seasoned veteran”, who would share some valuable thoughts or help you with self-confidence. And often combat sports help in a street, but at the same time situations when sportsmen are beaten are not rare as well. So, it’s not enough to have combat sports skills.
– Applied systems – they are different. In a perfect situation an applied system must include: physical training (with/without weights), sparrings, defense against weapons, defense against multiple attackers, tactics, conflictology, juridical matters and other. Such systems are not often, still one can find it.
We shouldn’t forget about mindfulness (common sense in other words). You need to know precisely what is necessary for urban self-defense. A military person learns how to kill without any conflictology or juridical matters, and he would be awarded with a medal for that. At the same time a civilian person can get a prison sentence for the same actions for saving his/her life in a city. Remember the 3 W’s rule: when, where and why.