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Three Rules of Self Defense

Leasure Brothers Martial Arts Academy

Rules of Self Defense

1. Never hurt yourself.

2. The best block is to avoid the attack.

3. Always be prepared.

Rule Number One. Never hurt yourself. This rule means a student must deliberately avoid any action, activity, concept, or opportunity that in any way may cause him / her harm or diminish his personal standards either mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually.

On first glance this rule may seem a bit obvious and simple. It is my experience, however, that many times the obvious may not be quite as simple as you might think. Never hurt yourself is our first rule because it is often the first rule to be broken.

The concept of never hurt yourself, for our purposes, covers two areas;

First is the application of techniques, Every available caution should be taken to learn and practice each basic and exercise correctly and safely. Students should all be aware of their own limits when practicing the Arts. Karate and other martial arts training systems often include high impact exercises. These techniques and basics, even when executed correctly, put generous amounts of strain on joints and muscles. Jumping, kicking, punching, and the various exercises necessary to develop skill in self defense can and do tax a body to its limits. It is the responsibility of the student to be constantly aware of his/her personal abilities.

Second are the personal applications. It is important for students to remember that they are a total person. Activities such as drug and alcohol abuse, violent behavior, poor health maintaining, and other detrimental practices should be avoided. Karate students will often find that an attitude of self respect will serve as the best form of defense. Anyone who practices this first rule in everyday situations can learn to reach higher and do more than others by learning to value oneself.

Rule Number Two, The best block is to avoid the attack. This rule refers to the strategy of defense. First it should be understood that avoidance of dangerous situations is the best defense. It is the hope of our instructors that all students practice the proper judgment in determining what may be the appropriate action taken in each self defense situation. It is, often, more important that a student know when to fight rather than how to fight. Avoiding an attack means to avoid situations of conflict or vulnerability.

Second, avoiding an attack refers to the physical applications of self defense techniques. Side stepping and hip rotations are easy and effective ways to avoid an oncoming attack. It is the purpose of this strategy to enable a skilled student to protect himself from injury while expending the least possible energy. This tactic reserves the most possible energy for the student to use in his counterattack. By allowing an opponent to tire himself in useless attempts at harm, a skilled student may limit the amount of force required to diffuse the attack. The end result is limited injury for both the attacker and the student defender.

Rule Number Three, Always be prepared. All students are instructed in the practices of caution, diligence, discipline, and courage. It is the responsibility of each and every student to practice each technique and strategy to mastery.

A student must study a wide variety of subjects in an effort to prepare the mind for quick thinking. A skilled martial artist can evaluate complex signals from an opponent quickly and correctly then arrive at a strategy that will adequately defend himself.

Any student who educates himself is at an advantage in the world. The most successful martial artists are the ones who develop a well rounded education. A student must prepare not only for the self defense of a fight , but for the self defense of everyday life. We must remember to open ourselves up to opportunity. Any advantage missed because of a lack of education or an inability to take quick mental action violates the first rule of self defense. Never hurt yourself. Missed opportunities can cause us both short and long term harm.

From the physical point of view a student must always be prepared to take action to defend himself from attacks designed to cause bodily harm. Strong muscles and quick reflexes are sometimes the determining factors in who wins and who loses a confrontation. After ones mind is prepared to recognize a fight situation and develop an appropriate line of defense it is the responsibility of the body to carry out the instructions. Soft muscles and unpracticed techniques will defeat a person faster than any outside opponent.

These are the basic concepts of the Leasure Brothers Martial Arts Academy's Three rules of self defense. It is the hope of our instructors that each student will take these rules to heart and apply the concepts to their every day life.

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