Self defense is all about increasing your ability to identify and assess a threat, and then to respond accordingly. The best self defense is to identify a threat early and simply avoid it.

Self defense is not about proving how tough you are; it’s about sheer survival. It’s about protecting yourself and those around you. Usually this conjures up images of fancy martial arts moves in a dark alley. However, the goal is to see a threat early on, and then doing everything you can to avoid the threat and a physical confrontation. The best self defense revolves around awareness, not any specific move or technique.

Ever heard “the best defense is a good offense”? Well the best self defense is a good self offense. Offense is proactive, while defense is reactive – and action always beats reaction. The more proactive you can be about your safety, the safer you will be. You have to proactively explore potential self defense situations – both mentality and physically – and then plan what you would do. While no plan will be perfect, nor perfectly matched for the real situation, it will give you a set of valuable tools to use to defend yourself and those around you.

Also, this concept of “the best self defense is self offense” applies to the physical encounter itself; when attacked, you must become the attacker. The only way to stop an attack is to counter-attack with greater force. This maybe for just a moment, giving opportunity for escape.  The best self defense will involve giving you those physical skills to inflict maximum injury as quickly as possible if a threat is unavoidable. Luckily, most predators are cowards, and as soon as you show you’re willing to put up a fight, they are likely to tuck their tail between their legs and retreat.

At Todai Dojo, we balance mental training with physical skills giving you the best self defense preparedness possible: it’s what we specialize in.

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