Taekwon-do is one of the most popular martial arts for competitive training, and it provides great health benefits, too. But did you know that Taekwon-do is also ideal for self-defense? The sad reality is that violence can happen to anyone, anywhere. But with solid training in Taekwon-do, you can have the confidence and ability to protect yourself. If you ever find yourself in a threatening situation, here are three ways that Taekwon-do may be able to help you.

Stop the fight before it starts. It may sound strange, but in all martial arts, it's always better if you don't have to fight to begin with! If you can avoid a fight and get away safely without injury to yourself or your loved ones, then you've already won. If a bully is threatening you, use calming body language and words to de-escalate the situation so you can both walk away. If a person starts bothering you as you walk to your car or to the store, react loudly: shout at them to leave you alone and call out for help. Criminals usually don't want to draw attention to themselves and will prefer to leave you alone. And if you are faced with a situation where it's your money or your car versus your life, remember that you can always replace your valuables. But you only have one life. Don't fight to protect your possessions if it means a risk to your or your family's safety.

Be alert at all times. Practicing Taekwon-do will change your body and your mind: you'll develop better balance, become more agile, and have faster reaction times. You'll also walk with confidence and self-assurance because you know your own physical and mental strength. But most importantly, you'll develop self awareness. With better awareness of your surroundings, you can avoid some attacks before they even happen. For example, when you're walking down the sidewalk, notice how many people are around you and whether any of them are angling closer to you or keeping pace with you. If you're in line at the ATM, be aware of your personal space and whether anyone is getting too close. And when you're about to open a secured door like an apartment building entrance, company entrance or even the door to your car, glance around to see if anyone is trying to follow you in. If a situation seems strange or if a person is behaving suspiciously, go with your instincts. Look them in the eye so they know you've noticed them. Keep a safe distance and move towards more secure areas or towards more people. Finally, be ready to shout, run or fight. When your body and mind are ready to react, you'll be better prepared for any situation.

Defend yourself. First and foremost, Taekwon-do is a martial art that is meant to be used for self defense. One of the main components taught in most Taekwon-do forms is blocking. With proper training in blocking, you'll be able to defend against an attacker using the edge of your hand, the heel of your palm and your forearm. Taekwon-do also teaches you how to gather power in your core and deliver explosive kicks. You'll be ready to unleash powerful, damaging kicks while maintaining your balance. Combined with a fast reaction time, you'll have resources to help you better defend yourself. And if you do get knocked down, knowing Taekwon-do means you'll be better able to defend yourself from the ground, if needed, by grappling. 

When it comes to self defense, it's never too late to learn how to defend yourself. Contact us to learn more about how Taekwon-do training at Silver Lining Taekwon-do can help you.