Self defense is a topic that draws on emotion and these days seem to be in the forefront of the media. With every news story, many people are drawn to the Martial Arts for self defense. But which one should you choose? They all are styles of fighting of some form or another. Sometimes you have to look deeper than just what technique you will learn and try to apply some real life scenarios and then be able to make the right choice on what to do.

Tae Kwon Do and the other striking styles of Martial Arts are great for teaching you how to throw a punch or a kick with the most power possible. You will learn to read your attackers movements and be prepared to counterstrike allowing you enough time to get away. Knowing the proper technique is very important because you could actually hurt yourself if you do not know the proper way to throw a punch. Your training will build your reflexes, strength, agility, and how to minimize a hit if you were to get hit. While Tae Kwon Do is a great exercise & sport, it is not the best solution for self defense because you will be engaging your attacker. This is something no one should do, trained or not.

Think about how most attacks happen, someone comes up (possibly from behind) and grabs you. What do you do when you can't punch or kick the attacker? Aikido & Hapkido are two popular Martial Arts that specialize in grappling techniques that are very useful in style of self defense. From the very beginning of your training you learn how to get away from an attacker that has actually grabbed you. The moves that you learn will allow you to break free from your attacker, many times subduing them at the same time. Once these techniques become second nature, the sheer quickness will catch most attackers off-guard and they will flee and wondering "What does this person know?" The techniques allow you to not only buy time to get away, the preferred solution, but will allow you to completely subdue your opponent without causing physical harm until help can arrive.

While Martial Arts are great to know and I highly recommend joining your local dojo, are they really the best self defense? Yes, but not for the reasons you might be thinking about. No matter what Martial Art you study, you will gain confidence in yourself. It is this confidence that will allow you to think on your feet without panicking and take the appropriate action. You will become more aware of your surroundings and the people whom you come into contact with. Being aware of your surroundings is the best self defense you can have. Should you find yourself confronted, having the confidence to leave the situation without physical violence is best solution you can find.

Not getting into situations of course is the best self defense you get, but should you need it, any of the Martial Arts is good to know.