This is an article taken from www.realistic-martial-arts.net Martial arts for women There are two issues that have to be taken into account for women if they decide to start doing martial arts for self defense. The first one is the obvious one, which is the physical attributes, or the lack of them. Women are smaller, weaker and slower than men (in general). The second issue is a mental aspect. This is actually a pretty normal problem for men as well, but even more so for women. So what do I mean when I say women have a mental “problem”? Well, I am talking about a mental block that many women have, that makes it hard for them to hurt another human being. This in my opinion is healthy and good quality, because after all, we are people and we should not be violent. If you have any sort of normal upbringing as a child, you should be against violence. However, in this twisted world that we live in, there are people that will attack you because they see you as an easy prey. Unfortunately, women have the hardest time defending themselves and therefore become a specially targeted. That is why women need to learn how to defend themselves. Before we go on to talking about martial arts well suited for women, we need to go through some tips that minimize the risk of being a victim. Some of these are common sense. 1. Don’t walk alone at night. 2. Walk confidently but not provocatively. 3. If a suspicious man hits on you, rather be rude toward him than nice (studies have shown that this is the right thing to do) 4. If you can, carry pepper spray Alright, besides these tips, you also want to know how to really defend yourself. Pepper spray is a good start, but many times you will be taken by surprise and you will not have the time to pick it up from your purse is a stressed situation. There are 3 things that you will need to deal with, and I will explain how martial arts will you with each and every one of them. 1. Attack first and hard, because you most likely will be physically weaker than the aggressor. Krav Maga is the perfect martial art to teach you this, it’s techniques compensate very well for physical inferiority. 2. If you don’t manage to stop the attacker, and he pulls you down on the ground, we have to deal with the reality of rape. There is no smarter solution for this scenario than that of Brazilian jiu jitsu. There is a position in Brazilian jiu jitsu called the guard, which is very similar to what a rape position would look like. So imagine a rapist trying to pin you down to the ground with his arms, you would be surprised how easy it is to put him in an arm-bar and break his arm. Or if he tries to lay on you, you would be surprised to see how easy it is to sweep him even though he is stronger, so that you get to a dominant position. 3. This last one is good but optional, because I realize people don’t have all the time in the world. But 4 months of pure boxing would be great in order to get past the mental block I was talking about earlier, which is to able to strike another human being. Also, it will take away the shock feeling that people get when getting struck for the first time. The two important ones however are Krav Maga and Brazilian jiu jitsu. One last thing I need to address is the importance of not going to these one week courses for self defense. These are just money scams. In real life, you do not have the time to think which technique to use; it has to be an instinct. They only way to make it an instinct, is by hundreds of hours of training. For example when I first started doing Karate, I had to think about things like hip-rotation in punches, and correct footwork and things of that nature, but with time that became natural, I do not think about doing it anymore, it would be un-natural for me now not to do it. I would say that if you do Krav maga and Brazilian jiu jitsu for 6 months each, you will be able to handle yourself fairly well and you will be able to walk more confidently which in its turn will draw less attackers toward yourself. It is a great feeling knowing that you can protect yourself from harm if needed. So it’s not just about being able to defend yourself if ever it should be needed, it’s also about feeling better when you leave the house, that's something pepper spray can't give you.