So, you’ve decided to take a class in self-defence. Depending on where you live, you may be overwhelmed by the choices. Here are some tips to help you choose the right self-defence class for you.
1. If you are a woman, seek a self-defence class that is designed for women. This will teach you how to defend yourself against people who have more size and strength than you have – and if you have the ability to defend yourself against those people, you have the ability to defend yourself against all people. Note that this doesn’t mean a women only class, just one where size and strength isn’t the primary objective. The syllabus should cover situations where the opponent is bigger and stronger than you and that is just as important for men.
2. Call the person or institution holding the class. Find out the credentials of the instructor, and ask for references.
3. Ask if there is a trial class, or if you can pay for just one session, instead of paying for multiple sessions. This will allow you to see if the class will work for you, and if you have faith in the instructor. You’ll also be able to see what the atmosphere among the students is like. Do you fit in and will you have fun?
4. Some classes will be more expensive than others. Do not choose a self-defence class based on the cost. This is your safety, and possibly your life that you are trying to protect. Choose the best class – not the most or least expensive class.
5. Some classes will be more extensive than others. For best results, choose a class that will teach you how to defend yourself in the shortest possible time, and then look into classes for more advanced self-defence later. Keep your priorities straight!
6. Ask about the instructors’ philosophies concerning self-defence, and make sure that they are in line with your own philosophies.
We hope this list helps. If you have any questions or further observations please let us know. And if you’d like to try out our class please use the contact form and we’ll be happy to help.