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Martial art/self-defense training?
« on: May 31, 2018, 04:42:02 PM »
I've been looking up various martial art classes and they all cost in the range of $150 to $200 for 8 sessions per month and would require years of training to be of use.   Does anyone know of less costly alternatives that would give the same result?  Planning on living by myself in the future and figure I should start preparing to deal with all the dangers that come with it.

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Re: Martial art/self-defense training?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2018, 04:49:18 PM »
I practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, my academy costs about $120 per month but thats for unlimited classes. My reccomend for getting started would probably to use YouTube or something such as Renzo Gracie Academy online to get you started. I would also check Kijiji ( Craiglist) for someone who may be able to instruct you at a better rate. Hope it works out. Martial arts is a life long investment, definetely worth the price.

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Re: Martial art/self-defense training?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2018, 11:41:35 AM »
If you're more into the self-defense aspect, go for something like Krav Maga - http://www.kravmagainstitute.com/self-defense/what-is-krav-maga/


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Re: Martial art/self-defense training?
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2018, 09:44:16 AM »
I practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, my academy costs about $120 per month but thats for unlimited classes. My reccomend for getting started would probably to use YouTube or something such as Renzo Gracie Academy online to get you started. I would also check Kijiji ( Craiglist) for someone who may be able to instruct you at a better rate. Hope it works out. Martial arts is a life long investment, definetely worth the price.

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Thanks,  I'll take a look.   The prices I listed are technically for unlimited classes too,  but that doesn't apply when beginner classes are only scheduled twice a week.

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Re: Martial art/self-defense training?
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2018, 10:03:26 AM »
Are you interested in learning a full self defense system that comes with a philosophy and a couple millennium of tradition, or do you want to effectively deter someone against doing something awful so that you can promptly run away?

If it's the second type you're after, many cities and towns have short course self defense classes. Some geared towards women, if that's your proclivity.

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Re: Martial art/self-defense training?
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018, 10:31:06 AM »
I think it's really important to differentiate classes that are "martial arts for fitness" if you really want self defense classes. A good self defense class will draw on many martial arts- grip breaks from tae known do, ground fighting from jiu jitsu, throws from judo, what have you. But if you're looking for learning a martial art for the tradition and community and all, that's a different question. For pure self defense, a lot of times shooting ranges and community centers will host classes or be able to direct you to an instructor. These tend to be 4-6 week type classes. For martial arts, or fitness type "kick boxing" classes, the price range of ~$100-150/month is pretty common, and they tend to be ongoing through a school.
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Re: Martial art/self-defense training?
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2018, 10:59:27 AM »
I've been looking up various martial art classes and they all cost in the range of $150 to $200 for 8 sessions per month and would require years of training to be of use.   Does anyone know of less costly alternatives that would give the same result?  Planning on living by myself in the future and figure I should start preparing to deal with all the dangers that come with it.

A gun will run you 300-500, an instructional class might be around $100 (might be worth taking 2 or 3), then 20-60$ a month for range time and ammo (free other than ammo if you are in the boonies and have a field you can shoot in).

As Bracken_Joy noted, many guns clubs offer non-gun focused situational awareness type safety classes, which is probably a good first step as the best personal defense is avoiding situations where you need to defend yourself.
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Re: Martial art/self-defense training?
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2018, 03:28:09 PM »
I'm a lifelong martial artist, but I don't think it's a good use of money unless you really enjoy it for recreation and fitness.  The reason is that violent crime rates have absolutely plummeted in the last forty years, so your odds of being a crime victim are vanishingly small.  Especially if you (a) stay away from the illegal drug trade and (b) stay away from another dude's girl. 

You'd be better off keeping a spare $100 bill in your wallet, and at the first sign of trouble, throwing it onto the ground and running the other direction.  You'll probably never have to do this, and if you did, it's cheaper than a month of classes anyway.

If you have serious concerns regardless, the mental side of self-defense is far more important than physical skills.  You have to accept that you will be hurt, possibly badly, and being willing to inflict grievous and horrific damage on another person.  Most people can't do this.  And most martial arts/self-defense classes don't address this.

There's a great book, Strong on Defense that I'd recommend.  It's by a former cop, who breaks down the differences between crime victims who survive and those who don't.  It's a bit dated (written in the 90s IIRC) in that it incorrectly predicts skyrocketing crime due to all the crack babies.  But the lessons of how not to be a victim are still relevant.