Many schools of self-defense offer special self defense courses for women, teaching techniques aimed at avoiding or combating any type of physical confrontation. Martial arts can play an important role in women’s self defense and are a great way to help build confidence, strength and skills to combat any potential attacker. There are many different types of classes for women in martial arts and when practicing martial arts, women will find that their strength improves significantly after only a few months of practicing the art.
In general, an attacker will test a woman before he actually assaults her. By making inappropriate comments or behavior, a perpetrator will try to find out how assertive and strong a woman is. If she responds in an assertive way, most perpetrators will eventually run away. Martial arts can help you reach this level of assertiveness.
The Goals of Martial Arts Training
Learning martial arts is not just good for self defense but there are many other things than physical strength and techniques that martial arts women can benefit from, such as:
Mental and physical health
Your physical health will improve greatly due to the (often physically demanding) exercise. Martial arts for women will also help you improve your mental strength as you will be taught to focus one one single thing. Concentration is a very important part of martial arts training and being able to form a mental picture of your success is beneficial to your effectiveness as a martial arts student.
By learning a certain martial art you will be able to focus on one goal, physically and mentally. You will feel stronger mentally because you build up a sense of security and a knowledge deep down that you will be able to manage and deal with a potentially dangerous situation.
Learning body dynamics
You will learn about movements and their impact on your body and on the opponent’s body. Knowing when to strike and how to do it will enable to you to use your body to its full potential if you have to defend yourself.
Women and Girls
We have more women and girls in our martial arts classes than any other school we know. Many of our classes have more female students than male students. We are very proud of this, as it shows how successful we have been in promoting a welcoming, family atmosphere, and getting away from the “macho” ethos which still permeates some martial arts schools.
4th Degree Black Belt Patricia Kent-Marrast International Instructor teaches at several of our classes. She also have her own All Ladies Taekwon-do Classes which started off for mum's who used to sit and watch their children train but wanted to have ago them selves without their children or any men in their classes now it women and girls over 16.
Teenage Gold medalist and Olympic hopeful Lauren believes that becoming a martial artist has changed her life.
Eleven year old Danielle wants to become a international competitor too, and is keen to fight for Wales some day.
But it’s not all about competition. Though we have many competition winners amongst our female students, there are many more who come not for the competition but the fitness, confidence, and fun that martial arts brings.
Pregnant women in Taekwondo
Mum of three Mairwen joined after watching her children enjoy Taekwondo, and became one of the first mum's to start the Ladies only program and still trains even being eight and half months pregnant.