Self-defence is a countermeasure that involves defending the well-being of oneself or of another from harm.

Self-Defence is different from a fighting sport, because there are no rules. Teaching self-defence using a combination of martial arts is very common nowadays, where basic techniques are adjusted in order to be faster and more efficient in a real life situation.

Martina has experience teaching in many self-defence courses in the past in Italy and she thinks that for a woman being taught by another woman is encouraging. Brutal force is not necessary to be able to defend yourself and the psychological aspect of the self-defence plays an import role as much as the physical preparation.

Self-defence training in Westerpark (Amsterdam)
Self-defence training in Westerpark (Amsterdam)

The techniques taught in this course are based on Ju-Jitsu. The advantage of this method is that strength is not needed to be effective which makes it very efficient and suitable both for women and for men.

Ju-Jitsu defence against a knife attack. Berlin 1924
Ju-Jitsu defence against a knife attack. Berlin 1924.

Mental self-defence is the ability to get into the proper mindset for executing a physical self-defence technique. Many martial arts schools and self-defence classes focus primarily on the physical nature of self-defence and often neglect the mental aspect. If you are skilled in the physical aspects of a defensive technique, but lack the mental toughness and tenacity to execute it, you will not be able to perform – especially under duress. Controlled environments cannot easily mimic the stress and adrenaline dump which occurs during an attack. There is a very real need to be able to enter the proper “warrior mindset” if one is to have a realistic chance of surviving a potentially deadly encounter. This warrior mindset is the ability to focus purely on the successful outcome of a situation without becoming concerned with the consequences, even if they prove fatal in the dedicated pursuit of your desired outcome. The ability to go over, under, around or through any obstacle is the essence of this “never quit” mindset – similar to that of the Samurai of Japan. Self-preservation is a very powerful motivator and it is essential for ensuring that one has the mental toughness and proper mindset to emerge the victor in an encounter with one or more attackers/aggressors (wiki).

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