MELBOURNE has been known to be the most liveable city in the world but an alarming amount of assaults, especially against women have left us questioning if Melbourne being the most liveable city is reality or just idyllic.
Did you know, according to the 2020 Crime and safety: Melbourne website, throughout 2018-19 there was 270,600 people either threatened with or experienced physical assault across Victoria alone?
Of those attacks there was 48 per cent (60,700) of people experienced this once and 25 per cent (31,100) experienced it three or more times.
No one wants to be caught in this situation but what would you do if you were?
The issue in society today is that people have been made vulnerable because they often do not know how to protect themselves using self-defence.
Taking self-defence classes will certainly help save lives.
There are many types of martial arts such a karate, Taekwondo, boxing and Muay Thai. They all have in common an ability to help develop self-defence skills
Self-defence is vital in our world today; everyone needs to know how to defend themselves and what to do in a situation when they need these skills.
When people think of learning martial arts, they too often think of violence and cruelty, made worse by popular media. In truth, it is the complete opposite.
A lot of gyms are family orientated and are very inclusive so pretty much any one can join in.
You can improve health mentally and physically.
There are also several other benefits of martial arts including helping you to become more fit and healthy.
With obesity rates going up, taking part in martial arts can give you an intense but extremely fun workout. In addition, anyone can learn it.
I take Muay Thai classes in Ballarat. I started three years ago and I have kept going back as I have loved the gym's atmosphere when I am there and learning the skills and techniques involved in Muay Thai.
Martial arts makes has a way of making me feel calmer, especially afterwards. If I am worried about something and I go to these classes, it feels like everything has been put into perspective.
It has helped me find my confidence and has helped me become who I am.
Self-defence is great for people struggling with mental health and stress, especially given the COVID-19 situation.
Mental health is becoming more of a problem by the day and a great solution for this is self-defence because it will get you to get all of your anger out.
You will notice that afterwards you will not be feeling as stressed and worried, it will feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.
It's important to build emotional strength with muscular strength.
Martial arts can be great for helping you improve your emotional strength just as much as your muscular strength.
It teaches you to be more resilient, to not give up if you get knocked down, to become persistent, going back each week to learn more and get better. It also helps you with building up your confidence, it gives you the desire to stand up for you, your beliefs and others.
Martial arts help keep you vigilant, you are going to be more aware of what is going on around you and it will teach you to learn how to deal with certain situations.
These classes would also help you to control your anger and stress; you will be taught as part of training the skills are for protection, not to intimidate or cause harm to anyone.
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When you start taking self-defence classes you should know that yes, you are going to be able to reduce the chance of being attacked but you are not invincible. You will also be taught the understanding of it and that you only use your skills if you absolutely need to.
When learning self-defence, you are taught many different life skills such as goal setting, respect, discipline, focus, effort, organization and many more.
So, why not take some self-defence classes and learn how to defend yourself, have fun and keep fit and healthy?
A bit of effort and training could change your life.
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