What is the best Self Defence system?
This question has been bouncing around ever since the idea of self-defence and martial arts was created. It’s a similar question to, what is the best type of music or the best type of athlete? The answer for me is, no self-defence system can claim to be the best, there is only the best fit for you.
It’s like music, for some people it’s Blues, for others it’s Jazz and then there are those who love Disco, Techno, Folk etc. What’s the best type of music? Well this is clearly a silly question, but maybe the best music is the type of music that you love; that works for you, that you enjoy and that suits the time and the particular mood you are in. So what self-defence system should you learn? Depends on who you are.
Martial arts is about the teacher-student relationship. If you don’t like, agree with, or enjoy the methods of the teacher, then you are not going to get very far in that particular discipline. The methods that your teacher uses to explain the subject must work for you. We have a particular way of going about teaching the subject of martial arts, we teach with passion, energy and conviction. We teach at a pace, a tempo that leaves no space for distraction and provides the platform to gain focus.
There are levels to the lessons that you’ll notice as you advance and each time you explore a technique, we encourage the student to notice more.
The Commitment & The Challenge
The martial art or self-defence system you choose requires a level of commitment, the commitment can be relatively small to begin with, but it must be consistent. I ask that a beginner trains for 1 hour a week.
We develop capacity by meeting commitments, each lesson attended increases your knowledge, skill and fitness but it also strengthens and develops the positive habit of carving out time in your week to train. You will sense when you want to do more because you will be ready to do more.
Self-defence and Martial Arts are not easy, and in my view, they cannot be learned or grasped fully, only explored. There is no end to the journey. Martial arts is a vast subject, and the more you learn, the more you’ll come to realise what you don’t know. I think this is a quality of all worthwhile subjects; they have no end.
A Better Question?
I don’t think the question should be; what is the best self-defence system? The question should be what do I want to get out of training in martial arts? We offer martial arts as a way of self-development, holistic fitness and self-defence.
We teach a comprehensive approach to personal security that includes the development of alertness & awareness, considers behaviours, choices and trains effective combative ability. We are also more than just a self-defence system. Artistry and self-expression are evident through the techniques and movement practices of Bushido Bristol.
Alertness is synonymous with assertiveness and confidence, awareness is synonymous with artistry. Great artists really look, they notice, they sense, they feel, and they express. These are all important qualities in self-defence. Bushido Bristol is about balancing the artist with the warrior, the practical with the esoteric, the martial with the art.
Holistic Fitness is about considering the whole or the bigger picture.
Here are some of the areas we explore in holistic fitness.
- Total body awareness and coordination.
- Integration of focus with breath and movement.
- Ensuring we develop a balanced spectrum of fitness qualities.
- How your way of living may affect your environment.
- How your environment may affect your health and fitness.
Self-development is about taking an approach to life, that you as a human being can improve, grow and change as you go through the experiences that life will present to you. I don’t think that the human mind and personality are fixed because this doesn’t tally up with my direct experience.
Martial arts provides a feedback system, for a student and a teacher, martial arts is a humbling subject. I have witnessed on many occasions someone’s total surprise when they are unable to complete a technique shown. Conversely, I have seen on many occasions someone’s complete surprised at their own ability and level of performance.
Both of these experiences show a lack of understanding and awareness for who they are and what they are capable of. You can have an inflated view of your own capability and a deflated view of your capability; very few people show an accurate awareness and observation of their actual capability. Does a lack of self-awareness hamper your ability in a self-defence scenario? I think the answer is yes.
The ultimate journey in life may be to know thyself, and martial arts can be approached in such a way as to make consistent discoveries about your true nature.