Self-Defense & Karate for Women
KARATE FOR WOMEN. Traditional Karate is excellent for personal self-defense. And when you learn traditional karate, you take it with you everywhere: plane, bus, Target's restrooms. With karate, you have a weapon 24 hours/day and don't need a conceal and carry permit!
Anyone can be targeted by a politician or some other bum; so, when things get out of hand, a self-defense clinic at a local martial arts school, police station or community center is NOT a solution. These make you aware of surroundings, but what you learn will fade after a few days. Striking a punching bag, or a officer while wearing gloves for one evening is unrealistic. It may build a little confidence and provide things to think about, but you must learn to react without thinking and learn to strike with force. This only happens through muscle memory.
Gun ranges in the valley offer special Women's days, such as Caswells in Mesa. After you learn to use a gun; remember, each state has laws on carrying guns that apply to honest citizens (not criminals). The Second Amendment was written to guarantee our right to bare arms. But in some places, only politicians are guaranteed that right.
Not into guns? Try a taser or pepper spray - but be cautious of martial arts instructors claiming to be human stun guns. You can find pepper spray at Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart. But keep in mind, you are not going to get many dates wearing a sidearm or carrying a bottle of pepper spray to the movies. And think of all of the places you can't carry a gun (jogging, shower, dancing, movies, gym, library, school, airport, IRS, California, New York)! You can be assaulted anywhere at any time of day - take Congress for an example! A book published some years ago reported 1 in 4 women were sexually assaulted on college campuses (another place where only criminals are allowed to carry guns). Remember, you have God-given weapons: hands, feet, elbows, knees. Learn to use them because you can't aways get to a gun or pepper spray!
MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOLS. Visit a school you are interested in & watch a class to find out if you can stand the instructor and if he/she has proper certifications. If his or hers breath is a deadly weapon, and they want you to sign a contract and stick you in a class with 5-year olds, or if the instructor has acne, hold on to your purse. It might be a real ego booster to defend against a 5-year old while wearing angry white pajamas, but how many times do you expect to be mugged by a kid? Search the internet for a karate school that focuses on self-defense for adults. Try a simple Google search of the school. Do the same for the instructor's name. As a woman, get into a self-defense or karate class with other women and men, because it likely will be a man who attacks you. Martial arts training should be positive, educational, fun, provide good exercise and keep your interest. This has little to do with the martial art or style, it depends on the instructor. Take your best friend, your daughter, son, or mother to train with you: make it a family night.
People are under the impression they can learn to defend themselves in kick boxing classes: learning to kick to music without focus or blocking will not do anything other than burn some calories. To be successful in self-defense, learn to block and hit with force. You should have enough focus to knock out an attacker with one strike after about 6 months to a year. Experience suggests training with padded gloves does not provide proper feeling and teaches improper striking. Work on affirmations and keep positive and plan to train for life. Kata (forms) taught in karate are beneficial - they are a form of shadow boxing and look like Asian dances. If taught correctly, these teach muscle memory, focus, and self-defense - each kata is packed with self-defense techniques.
Along with karate, we suggest kobudo from a qualified instructor. Why? Having a weapon (tool) in your hand increases your advantage, and kobudo is a martial art of weapons. Hundreds of years ago, people on Okinawa learned to use farming, gardening and fishing tools such as hoes, rakes, paddles, etc for self-defense. Modern tools such as pens, cell phones, car keys, magazines, books and even vacuum cleaners & curtain rods can be weapons.