Three Self Defence martial arts to consider

Three Self Defence martial arts to consider

Running errands alone is a little scarier than it used to be, especially with the crime stats in South Africa being higher than they’ve been in years. It is best to equip yourself with the knowledge to escape a sticky situation and learning a few self-defence techniques could be lifesaving.

Here are three Self Defence martial arts to consider learning, to not only keep you safe, but also to keep you fit.


Learning how to throw a punch can help you when you’re in a jam. A proper punch to the face can immobilise your attacker long enough for you to escape. Boxing is one of the original “martial arts”. Boxing also trains you to have a strong core and focuses on being light on your feet.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a ground-based grappling technique that involves the use of joint locks and chokeholds, explains Themma Guru. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) promotes the concept that a smaller person can successfully defend him- or herself against a bigger, stronger and heavier assailant by using proper technique and leverage. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches you how to use your body as leverage to properly defend yourself against a bigger opponent.


Possibly the most well-known form of martial arts, karate was designed for self-defence and self-discipline. Karate principles and methods show the best ways to kick, punch and disarm your opponents without hurting yourself. Karate also focuses on finding ways to disarm your opponents and incapacitate them without hurting them either. Karate has many techniques, principles and avenues, and there are different types of karate methods, all taught at different schools.

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