Defense training conveys many benefits to its students, some of which are obvious and some which might surprise. For example, most people realize that defense training allows you to defend yourself better in a dangerous situation. But did you know that it can also make you stronger in social situations? Here are five benefits that you can gain from taking a self defense course.
1. Increased Self Confidence: As you train in self defense, you will start to walk and move with more self confidence. Countless studies have shown that criminals are less likely to attack a person on the street if they carry themselves with confidence. Defense training will teach you how to walk so you don't project a "potential victim" vibe to every potential mugger.
2. Personal Safety: Defense training is all about avoiding the worst-case scenario. You will not just learn about ways to defend against an attack on the street or in other situations. The mental and physical toughness that come from training can give you more options for defusing a dangerous situation without it ever resulting in violence.
3. Better Personal Fitness: Defense training is rigorous. You will find yourself stretching and working muscle groups that you have never used before in a self defense class. Your cardiovascular health will increase and you will be able to push your body through situations you never though possible before. That will in turn increase your self confidence even more. Sometimes running away from a dangerous encounter is your best option and with a better overall fitness level from defense training, you'll be able to do so.
4. Better Street Smarts: The best self defense courses will teach you about real-world scenarios that you are likely to encounter and how to deal with them. No one ever plans to be attacked when they are walking home or if they stop to pull cash out of an ATM. Your defense training will help you to avoid some of these situations.
5. Better Self Discipline: Taking a defense course and sticking with it allows you to build self discipline. The better you become at the training, the more confidence you will build and the more likely you are to stick with the training. This self discipline will spill over into every aspect of your life and it will make you a better employee (or boss) at work.