Reason for this Goal: Being able to protect yourself (learn self defence) in a situation where you are being confronted or attacked could just save your life. Taking self defence classes and/or learning a martial art to develop your self defence skills has numerous benefits beyond protecting yourself. Being able to protect yourself is your ultimate way to preserve your health and your life.
The top 5 reasons to learn self defence, derived from learning a martial art include:
There are many self defence programs and martial arts—which will teach you all of the skills and provide the benefits noted above—such as Karate, Taekwondo, Jujitsu, Aikido, Judo, Boxing, Kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts. Finding the right program comes down to finding out what martial arts studios exist within your neighbourhood or city, and choosing, based on which martial art appeals to you, with a heavy emphasis on finding the martial art that has the best teacher to teach you this important life skill.
Suggested Target Goal: Take martial arts lessons weekly for 1 year and learn self defence.
Outrageous Goal: Earn your black belt in a martial art, and train for life.
I joined a Karate club in my early twenties and trained 2–3x/week for 7 years, working my way through the belt system and achieving my 2nd degree Black Belt. For me, Karate became a way of life and taught me so much more than just how to defend myself. My Karate Sensei became my mentor and led me to the field of personal development, and a desire to become a better person.
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