Martial Arts Styles

Written by Sierra Rein
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Choosing between all the martial arts styles now available is an incredible challenge. Some people choose a dojo ("school") based on location and ease of scheduling. Others decide to go with the one that their favorite martial arts star practiced or the style that they can practice with their friends.

No matter what your personal goals are, you must choose whether or not you need to learn an art or a defensive styles. Some martial arts styles are built more for flexibility training and spiritual strength, as opposed to actually defending oneself against a street aggressor. When deciding on a dojo, make sure that you discuss practical real-life situation training with each teacher and make your choice from there.

Everyone can learn a martial art, from children who have just learned how to run and balance to older generations seeking new physical challenges. Most martial arts styles have different levels of learning and include the belt color system as a reliable way of recognizing how far a student has come. However, not every martial art handles all the necessary defensive skills like unarming a person with a deadly weapon.

Martial Arts Styles on the Street

When it comes to defending yourself against an attack by a stranger, the trick is to learn how to incapacitate the other person enough to be able to run away and call for help. Survival instincts and the utilization of adrenaline and intelligence are key in these cases, and may not require the form and structure of formal martial arts styles. Learning how to block weapons and jab at vital areas such as the eyes, throat, groin and stomach will allow you to escape from a street fight unharmed.

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