6 Steps to Getting into Martial Arts

Empowered covers the gap between knowing how to fight, and knowing how to avoid a fight.  Our premise is that most of the time, we can avoid, diffuse, and deter potential attackers, and with the skills we teach, get away safely, reducing the chance of physical altercation.

I had a lady raise the question in a recent class on what to do if diffusing, and if our escape techniques don’t work. My answer was, “now you have to fight.”  She expressed concern on her ability to do so efficiently.

We highly recommend martial arts as well as any safety/self-defense training (like WomenStrength, Seminars, etc) you can attend.

BB Test 2007

Me with my Sifu Gregg Townsley.                             I found American Kenpo Karate as my art after a year of Tae Kwon Do: I walked in and after one lesson, I was HOOKED!

Otherwise, to find a martial arts studio, take these steps:

  1. Look for a place near you (work or home) that will be convenient to attend.  Have you been passing a martial arts studio?  That may be a good one to consider.
  2. Consider your goals: I believe American Kenpo Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Krav Maga are good choices for Self-Protection.  Arts like Tae Kwon Do have self-defense aspects to them, but they focus more on martial arts as a competitive sport. Places like Aim High in Beaverton, OR are nice because they have a variety of fitness/martial arts classes.
  3. Look online for their reviews.  Google the owner and/or instructors to see what you can see.  (I recently found one that I loved, but found out that one of the owner/instructors had a criminal violence record that was a mile long- and it informed my choice).
  4. Be sure their schedule works with yours.
  5. Attend all of places that meet the above criteria for the trial period to see which one fits you best. (most, if not all studios offer some kind of trial for 3, 7, or 30 days).  Try different styles.  I hated the idea of rolling around on the floor, until I flipped a 240# man off of me in my first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class.
  6. Sign up and commit to it.  Learning a martial art is challenging, but I can tell you it will change your body, your outlook, and your life- it did all that for me anyway!

Be safe. Be Strong. Be EMPOWERED!