History and Philosophy
SELF-DEFENSE VS MARTIAL ARTS
Self-defense courses are marketed explicitly as being oriented towards effectiveness and optimised towards situations as they occur in the real world. However, to imply that these courses are any more effective or practical in the real world than dedicated study of authentic martial arts is a dillusion. Afterall, these quick self defence courses draw from old martial arts techniques which themselves were born centuries ago out of war and the need for self protection. Admittedly though, there is a considerable difference. Self-defence courses generally teach a few specific quick and easy to learn techniques and principles for survival. They stress on simplicity allowing beginners and novices to maintain effectiveness under intense and stressful situations. On the other hand martial arts like Karate and Juijutsu start 'delicately' by giving beginners and novices 'building blocks' like pieces of a puzzle that fit together over time. After a while of dedicated martial arts training, the pieces start coming together and the basic techniques grow into more complex ones with greater effect.
The end product (though martial arts training has no real end) is a practitioner capable of self-defence but obviously with a greater all-round level of skill and physical condition enabling him or her to be more flexible and adaptable in combative situations.
For someone in desperate need of a quick solution to personal safety, training in traditional martial arts like karate and jujutsu may at times seem too long and 'pointless' and this is understandable. This is why Jikan Dojo teaches its Level 1 and Level 2 Self-Defence Courses hand in hand with the ever rewarding study of traditional martial arts.
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