Self-Defense Training Tips For Those Starting

I started my self-defense trained in a small town in Georgia soon after high school in the early 90's. I used to be a skinny kid that got into scuffles all of the time growing up. Therefore i figured it only made sense. And well, I am training off and on since that time. - Security

Unfortunately I have not reached ninja status or anywhere even close (not even Karate Kid status), however have learned a few things besides techniques... What I've learned are some very important tips which can help other people starting their lessons in self-defense. I guess you could say I've gained some wisdom.

Take your time

The first tip I've is to simply slow down while training. Seriously, get into sloth mode. So many people beginning in self-defense training need to learn a technique as quickly as possible... Which just isn't a good idea at all. For one, you need to take your time with every technique so that you will learn it correctly. If you don't take your time and be patient, it is possible to pretty much bet you will not master the technique. This means basically you have wasted your time and money.

Secondly, if when just beginning you move too fast, the probability of injuring your training partner skyrockets. Contemplate it, you have someone who has just learned a leg bar, and as opposed to taking it slow, they jump on you without any control and fully execute a leg bar. Bam! See ya later elbow!

Just Listen

You'd think listening would be a given. And you would think listening would certainly be the respectful thing for students to do. However, more and more people that start off training need to provide the class and the instructor with their inexperienced opinion on the reasons why a certain technique won't work or whatever else... They wish to say things like, "Who would ever grab you want... ", "How would this work if... ", "This is not realistic because... " Okay folks, here's the deal, you need to just become all ears if it is time to train. I could almost guarantee that if it is all said and done, and you're looking back, you will understand why your instructor taught you ways they did. Which was the case for me.

Always Practice

Although you may normally need a partner to practice your jiu-jitsu, aikido or whatever discipline you may be studying, whenever you are away from the dojo training, run through your techniques in your face. This will help commit these records to memory. As well as any striking arts, shadow box. That is certainly all I have to say that. - Security