Many attacks, especially on women will come from from the rear, the assailant trying to surprise you. Therefore while our Kickboxing classes may concentrate on kickboxing as a sport, we also teach self-defence techniques as part of our syllabus which includes taking an opponent to the floor, escaping from grasps and clinches and disarming an attacker with a knife or gun.
The traditional Japanese martial art of Aikido is very much grounded in self-defence rather than attack and uses your opponents energy, and body weight against themselves making it a very effective form of self-defence for smaller framed people or for those who do not wish to engage in grappling, punching or kicking. At Holistic Fitness our aikido classes are run by Karol Hoffer, of Aikikai Aikido London, one of the UK's most respected Aikido Teachers. The classes are a friendly mix of men and women across all ages and is a great way for new beginners to train alongside more experienced practitioners.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an excellent self-defence martial art for those wanting to know how to escape from an attacker who has dragged them to the floor. Of course while you may kick, punch, scratch and bite all you can, if a heavy opponent has managed to pin you down then BJJ really does come into it's own as this popular grappling art will teach you how to disengage from your opponent, giving you an opportunity to fight back, run away and get help.
MMA, mixed martial arts is a hugely popular sport that incorporates a variety of martial arts techniques from boxing, kickboxing, bjj and more. As such, although our MAA class is taught as a combat sport like any martial art, the techniques can be used in real life situations to defend oneself.
A key aspect of self-defence is confidence and awareness, the ability to think while being put under pressure or threatening situation and hence why many martial arts can help. In fact at Holistic Fitness, we believe that exuding confidence and being aware of potential threats can prevent attacks in the first place but if something does happen, the self-defence techniques taught at all Holistic Fitness Classes should be easy to accomplish and ultimately very effective.