Martial Arts Self Defense

Written by Sierra Rein
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In order to execute martial arts self defense moves with full force and power, it is necessary to understand how the body is structured and how it operates during a fight. For example, if an opponent throws a punch at your head, he leaves his body open for attack. An awareness of how an opponent fights and reading his body movements is a good talent to learn.

Indeed, some instructors of martial arts self defense classes will tell their students to keep eye contact with their sparring partner at all times. This forces a student to take on the mantle of confidence and believe that they are in control of their body. Staring into the "windows of the soul" will also allow the student to recognize facial expressions in his opponent which may project his moves in advance.

With all martial arts, the body should be relaxed yet spring-loaded for any movement. The knees should never lock and the feet must stay actively placed on the balls of the feet, ready to jump and change direction at a moment's notice. Most martial arts self defense techniques require that the elbows be placed so that they protect the rib cage as often as possible.

When Formal Martial Arts Self Defense Classes are Not an Option

Not everyone has time to take weekly martial arts courses, but everyone can benefit from learning a few important defensive and offensive tactics. For people who have a few hours of the week free, learning from a home video course or series of DVD's can be a great middle ground. Within a week or so, an individual can learn an immense amount of self defense techniques and feel more confident in the event of an actual street fight or attack.

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