Even though humanity has certainly come a long way, we are still – unfortunately – living in a world where women don’t feel safe. Numerous attacks and a plethora of failed court cases only further emphasize the fact that things need to change, and they need to change fast.
However, until they do change, women need to find a way to ensure their safety however they can. One of the best ways to do so is to dive into the world of martial arts. Martial arts not only offer a chance to learn how to defend yourself properly and stay safe, but they’re also an excellent choice for anyone looking to stay fit. So, let’s see what are some of the best martial arts for women.
Karate is a very old martial art that can be very effective as self-defense. However, in order to ensure that you learn the right way to use it in times of need, you first need to ensure that you’re taught and trained properly. That’s why it’s highly important that you do proper research and find a reliable karate master that focuses mostly on defensive tactics.
Of course, make sure you also get your hands on high-quality karate gis to ensure that you stay comfortable during your training. Ideally, you should buy at least two, so that you can rotate them.
This Japanese martial art is quite unique. While the majority of martial arts focus on meeting force with force, Aikido actually teaches you to use your attacker’s force against them. What makes Aikido perfect for women, in particular, is that it doesn’t require you to have any exceptional strength.
Instead, it teaches you how to adequately redirect your attacker’s strength and use it against them. Throwing, joint-locking and swift movement techniques are the base of this martial art, allowing you to overpower your attacker and remove yourself from immediate danger.
Tae Kwon Do
This martial art draws its origins from Korea and is probably one of the most popular martial arts in the world. The name itself translates into “the way of kicking and punching” which tells you enough about what to expect. Since this martial art heavily focuses on different types of kicking, it is quite effective when it comes to self-defense.
To be perfectly honest, not a lot of women could easily take on a full-grown male attacker. That’s why it’s important for them to learn some useful moves that will allow them to temporarily disable their attacker and quickly move to a safer location.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu focuses quite heavily on various grappling techniques which can be quite useful, especially in situations when the attacker manages to subdue their victim. Most commonly, in case of sexual assaults and other similar types of assaults, the offender will use not only their strength but their bodyweight as well in their advantage.
As mentioned earlier, since the majority of women don’t usually don’t have the necessary strength to prevent their attacker with pure force, they need to learn ways how to use their strength adequately.
With Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you can learn plenty of defenses that are mostly focused on ground fighting, which will certainly come in quite handy in the aforementioned situations.
Being vigilant and always putting your own safety first is of extreme importance. Learning how to properly defend yourself – even just enough for you to run away – is always a good idea.
So, check some of these martial arts out and find the one that best suits your preferences. That way, not only will you learn how to take care of yourself but you will also ensure that you get plenty of regular physical activity.
Article written by Nemanja Marinkoff for Alejandra’s Life