Starting your martial arts journey can be a life-changing event. You immediately gain a handful of benefits like improved overall fitness, improved confidence, less stress, and more friends, but it does not stop there.
You will also learn many time-tested techniques during your journey as a martial artist; techniques that might just end up saving your life someday.
Today, Evolve Daily brings you real-life examples of how martial arts may one day save your life.
Martial arts gives you the tools necessary to restrain an attacker while waiting for authorities to do their job. Florida resident Brian Burch was able to do just that when he ended up in a physical confrontation after finding a man stealing tools from his garage. He managed to control the burglar on the ground, while his neighbors called the police.
Burch credits his martial arts training with giving him the techniques and the right mindset to deal with the situation.
Sometimes, trouble has a way of finding you when you least expect it, so it is better to be prepared.
The case of the off-duty female U.S. sailor who was attacked inside a bus in Dubai comes to mind. The would-be victim had just gotten done with a day of shopping at the Mall of the Emirates. She was the only passenger on the bus on her way home when the driver turned off the main road into a secluded area. He stopped the bus and made advances towards her, and when she refused, he pulled out a knife and threatened to hurt her if she did not comply.
Her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training kicked in immediately. She wrestled him to the ground, knocked the knife out of his hand, softened him up with multiple punches to the face, before finishing him off with a triangle choke. By the time she was done, even the assailant’s knife had been broken into two. Her assailant was later charged with attempted rape, threatening to kill, assault, and illegally consuming alcohol, while she made off with only a few minor injuries.
That is how powerful martial arts training can be.
Such was the case for Joe Torrez, a New Mexico MMA fighter who made headlines a few years ago for his remarkable feat of bravery while protecting his family.
Like many young mixed martial arts fighters, Torrez had dreams of someday becoming a world champion, but things were not going the way he planned. His pro-record was 1-5, but despite the fact his training was not getting him the results he wanted inside the cage, it proved to be a lifesaver when four home invaders forced their way into his home with the intent to harm him and his family members.
One of the assailants had a street-style shank with him, while another helped himself to a knife in the kitchen. Little did they know Torrez had no intention of letting himself or his family get victimized.
The attackers pounced, but Torrez was able to successfully fight them off and protect his family.
Not bad at all for a 1-5 MMA fighter huh?
Torrez might have struggled going up against other similarly trained martial artists, but when the things that mattered to him the most were on the line, his training was more than enough to deal with multiple attackers.
That is arguably the most underrated aspect of martial arts training: learning how to properly defend yourself. You will not find a single security unit, police force, or military branch that does not teach its members some form of martial arts. It is because there is no disputing how effective martial arts techniques are in real life.
You do not have to train as intensely as professional MMA fighters do to successfully defend yourself from an attacker. Countless others with only basic martial arts training have been able to successfully defend themselves from attackers as well.
Finding the right style
Each combat style has its strengths and weaknesses, so it is up to you to figure out which one fits your natural energy. If you naturally tend to grab and grapple when things get physical, grappling-based styles such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or wrestling might be best for you. Conversely, if you would rather bite down and swing haymakers, you might have a natural preference for striking-based styles. Or better yet, learn a combination of them.
Martial arts won’t just give you the physical tools you need to fight back if the unthinkable happens, it will also help you develop the mental tools you need to fight back if you ever find yourself being attacked. Mental tools like the ability to figure out what the best course of action will be despite the fact you are in an extremely stressful situation. Martial arts will also give you the confidence to believe in your abilities and fight back rather than allow yourself to be a victim. That confidence you exude will also make you less likely to be a target.
Most importantly, martial arts will give you tools you need to de-escalate potentially violent situations and avoid having to defend yourself in the first place.
Martial arts are certainly not about using violence to solve problems, but training in most styles will give you all the tools you need to survive if that ends up being forced upon you. You should never get into fights, but if you must fight to defend yourself, you want to end up on the winning side of things.
Other benefits you will enjoy while learning how to defend yourself include:
- Burning fat
- Sleeping better
- Making new friends
- Improved problem-solving skills
- Improved flexibility
- Improved confidence
- Improved cardio
- Lower stress levels
- Improved discipline
- More energy
- A balanced life
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain when you decide to sign up for martial arts classes. Start your journey today by booking a complimentary trial class!
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