Sometimes ladies are concerned that they might be coming into a testosterone filled environment, with aggressive guys knocking lumps out of each other. We’re not like that at all, just check the testimonials from some of the ladies who’ve trained with us in Midsomer Norton. Holistic Karate is a very positive environment where we all support and encourage each other.
Our classes are aimed at empowering all our students, especially women. Alongside the fighting skills we teach you assertive behaviour and strategies to avoid and/or de-escalate a situation without having to fight!
Should these strategies not work (nothing is ever guaranteed), you learn how to line up a would-be attacker for a strike to a vital point before the attacker realises what has happened. And should you have to strike, you’ll learn good body mechanics and structures so that you don’t have to rely on strength and physical prowess.
Most ladies taking up martial arts are interested in self-protection. However, they often end up being taught sport fighting instead. Our Adult classes don’t focus on training for a, “fair fight”! There is nothing fair about a woman being confronted be a man.
Also, many martial arts put a lot of emphasis high-kicking. This is great for developing your flexibility, fitness, sport and it is fun to do. I believe that many woman are drawn to high-kicking as it seems a good idea to use your strongest limbs (legs) against a bigger stronger attacker.
However, if you’re looking for real self protection there is a drawback. Kicking your own head height, is one thing if you’re facing another woman, but your real nightmare scenario is being attacked by a man.
- Firstly, he will be pulling you in close (assuming it’s sexual assault/rape), so high kicks simply won’t work at that range.
- Secondly, a head height kick for a lady, might just be shoulder height to the man in front of her. So her high kick is going to the most protected part of his body.
- Thirdly, if he grabs that leg, (and sorry to be blunt) the lady is on her back in a second with him on top of her.
So if you’re training for fitness, sport or just physical development; then great. We have no criticism of that, it can be great fun, just be aware of the limitations in real situations.