Choosing the Martial Art that's Right for You....

The first step is to choose an art or style that meets your needs.

Traditional Arts like Kung Fu, Karate and Aikido. These styles are based on discipline and respect. One of their biggest benefits is character building through their emphasis on morals and values. Unfortunately people do not always fight as they did 500 or even 1000 years ago when these arts were founded.

Meditation Arts like Tai Chi, Yoga and Chi Gung. Students learn to increase concentration, reduce stress and improve balance. However, although mental toughness is a plus for self defence, that alone will not fend off an attacker.

Exercise Arts like Tai-bo, Boxercise and Cardio-kickboxing. These styles use punches, kicks and footwork to boost cardio capacity and muscle tone. Students benefit from increased conditioning and fat burning. However, attending what is in reality an exercise class will not prepare students for a fight on the street.

Competition Arts like Judo and Taekwondo. Many of the moves come from the traditional arts and have been adapted for points scoring in the arena or tournament. Unfortunately most attackers aren't interested in point scoring and there are no referees in the real world.

Sporting Arts like Thai boxing, Jujitsu and Boxing. Although these styles do teach survival in a tough environment, losing a round in the ring won't result in death/disfigurement/hospital. On the street these are all too common.

Reality Based Self Defence Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do. Students learn physical fitness, mental resilience and survival skills that prepare for any scenario. These are, however, rarely suitable for children and young people due to their realistic nature. But for those students looking for true self defence look no further.

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