There is little in the way of budo, or martial art, that does not contribute directly to self defense, whether it be for women, men, or even children. Some of the topics we will practice and discuss include:
- Situational awareness. If you know what is going on around you at all times, you will instinctively avoid dangerous situations.
- Awareness of physics and physical attributes. Through drills and sparring, you will learn not only your critical distance for attacking, but how to estimate those of others.
- Awareness of timing and distancing. Sometimes being far away is not your best bet!
- The importance of breathing.
- The value of your unconscious mind to your emotions and decisions. That bad feeling you have about someone should not be suppressed or rationalized. If your gut tells you there's a problem, figure out what it is and try to understand why you're uncomfortable. Don't be alone with someone you don't trust or put yourself in their power. Your unconscious mind is much better at noticing disparities between words and actions of others; don't throw that away!
- Keeping yourself mentally and physically on top of your game when you're out and about, while still being able to enjoy yourself. If you drink, don't do so around someone you don't trust or without a safe exit. Have a buddy if you must go out at a bad time; don't go alone. Consider staying put if it's very late or the weather is bad. Sleeping on the floor or couch won't kill you.