Safety first

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Safety first
We invest a lot of time, money and effort in health and nutrition in trying to become fitter. Usually we focus on weight management, toning up and living healthy. We rarely think about taking up a martial art or self-defence classes. Let’s face it, with the growing violence against women as well as the ever increasing aggression on the streets, it is almost becoming essential to be better equipped to be able to protect oneself.

We can work hard and make our bodies look fabulous; similarly it can be damaged and broken down in a split second. Therefore, it is sensible and highly recommended that everyone should learn some basics in defending themselves in case of a physical encounter. If people can invest in a car alarm to protect their car and a smoke detector to protect their house, then it makes a lot of sense to invest in classes to protect the most important thing, yourself.

It should be first accepted and realised that anyone can be a target of abuse or a physical attack. The second thing to be understood is that, learning self-defence is a personal safety precaution. It should be completely embraced and not looked at as ‘scary’. You will not get hurt in your training, but rather become healthier in the process. Self-defence is an important activity which gives practical life knowledge helpful in saving oneself or another someday.

Not only will it help you acquire a very useful skill, it will also get you to be fitter, stronger and more grounded. Self-discipline is a very large part of most martial arts training. It makes for an excellent combination in both mind and body development and connection.

Self-defence training is very beneficial. It makes a person confident and capable to handle any tricky situation; it does not only teach physical techniques but mental and verbal strategies as well.

If one was to spell out the benefits of getting skilled in self-defence techniques, it would result in increased amount of agility, balance and coordination. It would help improve flexibility, mobility and muscle strength. It would also positively impact your cardiovascular fitness, reflexes, and posture resulting in helping you better your overall health and well-being.

There are some intellectual and psychological benefits of this training as well which include improved focus and concentration, increased self-confidence and self-awareness, better self-control and respect for the self and others. It also provides an outlet for creativity and an individualistic expression.

But most importantly, it also gives a sense of security and equanimity, that you will be in a position to deal with an unexpected and hostile situation in a better manner than before. I am not suggesting that you will become a martial arts expert overnight and will be immune to injury in case you are attacked, but you will most definitely be better off if you have some training in self-defence techniques or martial arts than if you did not.

(The author is a wellness expert and runs a fitness centre in New Delhi)

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