According to, self-defense is “the use of reasonable force to protect oneself or members of the family from bodily harm from the attack of an aggressor, if the defender has reason to believe her/she/they is/are in danger.” also states that “The force used in self-defense may be sufficient for protection from apparent harm (not just an empty verbal threat) or to halt any danger from attack, but cannot be an excuse to continue the attack or use excessive force.”


Taking self-defense classes is important for numerous reasons, which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing protection.
  • Building confidence.
  • Improving balance.
  • Increasing focus.
  • Developing self-discipline.
  • Bettering physical fitness.
  • Increasing awareness of your surroundings.
  • Teaching trust.
  • Teaching respect.
  • Learning/Improving goal setting.
  • Providing positive mentors.
  • Providing positive peers.


There are multiple types of self-defense, which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Martial arts.
    • Kickboxing.
    • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
    • Muay Thai.
    • Krav Maga.
    • Taekwondo.
    • Karate.
    • Boxing.
  • Other forms of fighting.
  • Model mugging.
  • Short courses.
    • Ex: Instructor may teach a few key moves during a session or day-long seminar.
  • Protective tools.
    • Gun.
    • Knife.
    • Pepper spray.
    • Stun gun/taser.
    • Baseball bat.
    • Bean bag gun.
    • Security/alarm systems.
    • Dog. 



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