Many of us seem to forget the important role that fitness plays with regards to our safety.
‘Defense Fitness’ is a concept that has been spreading like wildfire around the globe; of course, it goes by different names in different parts of the world, but the basic premise is the same – a fitness programme that has the double positives of keeping you fit while give you some ‘basic’ training required to keep yourself safe.
Now here comes the disclaimer part. I would also like to state at this point that learning defense fitness should not be confused with the learning of martial arts itself. Sure, you will know how to kick and throw a punch but this does not make you a black belt in anything, and defense fitness’ range in terms of self-defense moves is limited.
It is vital to understand that defense fitness moves may resemble an actual fighting technique but are not about making body contact with your fellow trainee or trainer. However, your basic moves like kicking or punching will be worked on and this can come in handy if you ever find yourself in a tight spot.
In a world where you and I are not Bruce Lee or Jet Li, our chances of surviving a confrontation of a physical nature are better if we are fit. Here are a few points you must keep in mind before we proceed any further:
- A confrontational situation could range from a mugging or an attempt at molestation, to a parking lot brawl, or an actual round of kicking and punching at your local gym under the watchful eye of your trainer.
- Except for the situation in a gym, every other confrontation would last for a few seconds at the most.
- These seconds will be intense and full of explosive power.
- While it is ideal to avoid confrontation and walk away from it and let the authorities know, sometimes it becomes essential for you to defend yourself. The only way to respond in such situations is to be direct and quick.
- There is no way you can be quick and think on your feet if you are unfit.