When it comes to self defense, the goal is obviously to develop the awareness to avoid potentially dangerous situations and never put yourself in a position where you might be attacked.
However, the world is unpredictable and there are bad people who mean to do you harm and knowing how to defend yourself is like having life insurance.
A lot of people join martial arts schools to learn how to defend themselves but the reality is most martial arts instructors have never had to defend themselves or they teach fancy/unrealistic techniques against opponents who are not resisting.
Quite honestly, nothing builds confidence like knowing that you can take a hit and that you can punch someone in the face. I understand that is not what people want to hear, but it is the truth.
And Sparring is the bridge between martial arts training and being able to effectively defend yourself.
That being said, most martial arts schools say that they spar, but they teach students how to spar with their hands down and do techniques that would never hurt or stop an attacker in real life or even worse they do “sparring drills” where students are 3 feet from your each other and there is no contact whatsoever.
I understand martial arts instructors say they do this to be safe and so no one gets hurt. Their reasoning sounds good but the reality is, if you know how to teach sparring correctly people can spar without hurting each other.
Normally, it’s the shock of getting hit that freaks people out and thats our job as an instructor to help them overcome that fear.
But you have to know what it feels like to get punched or kicked, what it’s like to try to hit a moving target against someone who can counter back.
At The Desert Dojo you will learn how to spar in a safe step-by-step manner that builds confidence. The number one thing we focus on is control.
Students need to learn how to control the power of their strikes and I don’t mean pull their punches or kicks by stopping right before they make no contact.
It’s not as easy as you might think to land a strike on someone (even if it is light controlled contact) especially if the other person knows how to defend themselves.
Once you learn how to effectively land strikes on the correct target area at will, increasing the power of your strikes is easy. The hardest thing to do is being able to make contact.
As students get better at landing strikes they can learn how to defend and counter.
The skills you develop in sparring like timing, distance, targeting, courage and composure is what will help you have a better chance of surviving a deadly attack on the street.