Fitness trainers understand that there is more to training as person than just the physical aspects. The same is true with self-defense training. In fact, the initial, and what I consider the most important part of this training, is not physical, at all! It is Awareness training because the best self-defense is avoiding situations where personal safety is threatened or compromised. While it may be impossible to eliminate all potential situations, it is imperative to try minimizing the risk. There are 4 types of Awareness – Mental, Emotional, Environmental and Physical. These must be included in any reputable self-defense program. Anyone can learn and teach Awareness!
Like any physical activity, a fitness professional will need to commit to the time and effort necessary to become a skilled and knowledgeable self-defense instructor – but that same commitment is required when a new fitness training program or method is being learned.
Article #5 of this series will provide some additional reasons why a fitness professional should consider becoming a self-defense instructor.
Remember, “ONE BODY, ONE LIFE, ONE CHOICE – BE ‘SAFE & STRONG!’